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Christopher John Mayfield (born 18 December 1935[1]) is a retired Anglican bishop of the Church of England.

Christopher Mayfield
Bishop of Manchester
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Manchester
In officec. 1993 – 2002 (retirement)
PredecessorStanley Booth-Clibborn
SuccessorNigel McCulloch
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Worcester (2002–present)
Bishop of Wolverhampton (1985–1993 (area bishop: 1992–1993))
Archdeacon of Bedford (1980–1985)
Personal details
Born (1935-12-18) 18 December 1935 (age 83)
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Mayfield was born in Plymouth but grew up in Worcester and was educated at Sedbergh School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Mechanical Sciences. After four years teaching engineering in the Royal Air Force he was ordained in 1964 and became a curate at St Martin's in the Bull Ring, Birmingham.[2] He was then a lecturer at the same church before becoming the Vicar of Luton.

He was appointed the Rural Dean of Luton in 1974[3] and then the Archdeacon of Bedford (1979–1985) before his appointment to the episcopate as the Bishop of Wolverhampton in 1985.[4] He was consecrated as a bishop on 30 November 1985, by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral.[5] He was translated in 1993 to be Bishop of Manchester and retired in 2002. He currently ministers as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Worcester.


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 (London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  2. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995 (Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  3. ^ Debrett's People of Today 1992 (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  4. ^ The Times, 31 July 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62204; col D, Church news New Bishop of Wolverhampton
  5. ^ "picture caption". Church Times (#6408). 6 December 1985. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 1 June 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Barry Rogerson
Bishop of Wolverhampton
Succeeded by
Michael Bourke
Preceded by
Stanley Booth-Clibborn
Bishop of Manchester
Succeeded by
Nigel McCulloch