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The Bishop of Truro is the ordinary (diocesan bishop) of the Church of England Diocese of Truro in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

Bishop of Truro
Philip Mounstephen
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ResidenceLis Escop, Feock
First holderEdward White Benson
CathedralTruro Cathedral


There had been between the 9th and 11th centuries a Bishopric of Cornwall until it was merged with Crediton and the sees were transferred to Exeter in 1050.[2]

The Diocese of Truro was established by Act of Parliament in 1876 under Queen Victoria. It was created by the division of the Diocese of Exeter in 1876 approximately along the Devon-Cornwall border (a few parishes of Devon west of the River Tamar were included in the new diocese). The bishop's seat is located at Truro Cathedral and his official residence at Lis Escop, Feock, south of Truro. The Bishop of Truro is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of St Germans in overseeing the diocese.

Until they moved to Feock the bishops resided at Kenwyn. Lis Escop (the Kenwyn Vicarage of 1780) became after the establishment of the Diocese of Truro the bishop's palace.[3] After the bishops moved out for some years it housed part of Truro Cathedral School (closed 1981) then the Community of the Epiphany (Anglican nuns) and is now, as Epiphany House, a Christian retreat and conference centre. Lis Escop is Cornish for "bishop's palace".

List of bishopsEdit

Bishops of Truro
From Until Incumbent Notes
1877 1883   Edward White Benson Translated to Canterbury
1883 1891   George Wilkinson Translated to St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane; later became Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
1891 1906   John Gott
1906 1912   Charles Stubbs
1912 1919   Winfrid Burrows Translated to Chichester
1919 1923   Guy Warman Translated to Chelmsford; later to Manchester
1923 1935   Walter Frere CR
1935 1951   Joseph Hunkin[4]
1951 1960   Edmund Morgan Translated from Southampton
1960 1973   Maurice Key Translated from Sherborne
1973 1981   Graham Leonard Translated from Willesden; later to London. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1994.
1981 1989   Peter Mumford Translated from Hertford
1990 1997   Michael Ball CGA Translated from Jarrow. Founder of the Community of the Glorious Ascension with his twin brother.
1997 2008   Bill Ind Translated from Grantham
2009 2017   Tim Thornton Translated from Sherborne; resigned c. August 2017.[5]
2017 2018   Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans Acting diocesan bishop, August 2017 – 30 November 2018
2018 present   Philip Mounstephen Confirmed 20 November 2018.[6]


  1. ^ The Diocese of Truro: Homepage. Retrieved on 7 December 2008.
  2. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 214–215.
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 84-85
  4. ^ "Joseph Hunkin in New York". Time Inc. 14 February 1938. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  5. ^ Lambeth Palace — Tim Thornton announced as new Bishop at Lambeth (Accessed 4 April 2017)
  6. ^ [1] (Accessed 24 November 2018)
  7. ^ "The Bishops of Truro". The Diocese of Truro. Retrieved 14 July 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Historical successions: Truro". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  9. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 275.


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.

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