Bishop of Chelmsford
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Bishop of Chelmsford

Bishop of Chelmsford
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Stephen Cottrell
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ResidenceBishopscourt, Margaretting
CathedralChelmsford Cathedral

The Bishop of Chelmsford is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The current bishop is Stephen Cottrell, the 10th Bishop of Chelmsford, who signs Stephen Chelmsford. Formerly area Bishop of Reading, he was nominated Bishop of Chelmsford on 22 March,[2] confirmed on 6 October[3] and installed at Chelmsford Cathedral on 27 November 2010.[3]


The diocese was founded in 1914 under George V from the Diocese of Saint Albans (of which it had been a part since 1877).

The present diocese covers the County of Essex including those parts of Essex added to Greater London on 1 April 1965 and Ballingdon-with-Brundon, transferred to Suffolk and Great/Little Chishill and Heydon, transferred to Cambridgeshire in 1894. The see is in the city of Chelmsford where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary, Saint Peter and Saint Cedd which was elevated to cathedral status in 1914. The bishop's residence is Bishopscourt, Margaretting.[4]

List of bishops

Bishops of Chelmsford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1914 1923 John Watts Ditchfield Nominated 18 February; consecrated 24 February 1914; died in office.
1923 1929 Guy Warman Translated from Truro; nominated 10 September; invested 9 October 1923; translated to Manchester 21 January 1929.
1929 1950 Henry Wilson Nominated 24 January; consecrated 25 January 1929; resigned 30 November 1950.
1951 1961 Falkner Allison Nominated 19 December 1950; consecrated 2 February 1951; translated to Winchester 20 December 1961.
1962 1971 John Tiarks Nominated 30 January; consecrated 24 February 1962; resigned 30 April 1971.
1971 1985 John Trillo Translated from Hertford; nominated 10 May; confirmed 6 July 1971; resigned 30 September 1985.
1986 1996 John Waine Translated from St Edmundsbury and Ipswich; nominated & confirmed 1986; resigned 30 April 1996.
1996 2003 John Perry Translated from Southampton; nominated & confirmed 1996; resigned June 2003.
2003 2009 John Gladwin Translated from Guildford; nominated 1 July 2003;[5] confirmed later; resigned 31 August 2009.
2010 2020 Stephen Cottrell Translated from Reading; nominated 22 March;[2][6] confirmed 6 October 2010.[3] To be translated to York in 2020.[7]
Source(s): [1][8][9]

Assistant bishops

Assistant bishops of the diocese have included:

The appointment of Cecil de Carteret, Bishop of Jamaica, to be an assistant bishop was announced in 1931,[11] but he died before he could take it up.[12]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  2. ^ a b "Diocese of Chelmsford". Number10. 22 March 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop of Chelmsford: Together we will be a transforming presence and make Christ known". Diocese of Chelmsford. 11 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Provincial Directory: Chelmsford. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  5. ^ "See of Chelmsford". Number10. 1 July 2003. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ Next Bishop of Chelmsford . The Church of England. Retrieved on 22 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Bishop Stephen Cottrell to be the next Archbishop of York". The Church of England. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Bishops of Chelmsford. Retrieved on 12 December 2008.
  9. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 237. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  10. ^ "Vockler, Brother John-Charles". Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.(subscription or UK public library membership required)
  11. ^ "Church News. Personal". Church Times (#3575). 31 July 1931. p. 134. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.
  12. ^ "Clerical obituary". Church Times (#3598). 8 January 1932. p. 33. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.

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