Bishop of Stafford

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The Bishop of Stafford is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The title takes its name after Stafford, the county town of Staffordshire. The Bishop of Stafford has particular episcopal oversight of the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Stoke. The See is vacant; the bishops suffragan of Stafford have been area bishops since the Lichfield area scheme was erected in 1992.[2]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Stafford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1909 1915 Edward Were (1846–1915). Formerly Bishop of Derby
1915 1934 Lionel Crawfurd (1864–1934)
1934 1938 Douglas Crick (1885–1973). Translated to Chester
1938 1958 Lemprière Hammond (1881–1965)
1958 1974 Richard Clitherow (1909–1984)
1975 1978 John Waine (b. 1930). Translated to St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
1979 1987 John Waller (1924–2015)
1987 1995 Michael Scott-Joynt (1943–2014). First area bishop from 1992; translated to Winchester.
1996 2004 Christopher Hill (b. 1945). Translated to Guildford
2005 2010 Gordon Mursell (b. 1949)
2010[3] 2019 Geoff Annas (b. 1953) Retired 30 November 2019.[4]

Incarnation at Alton Towers[edit]

The Alton Towers Dungeon is an attraction at the Theme Park Alton Towers that replace the former ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride’. It is one of many ‘Dungeon attractions’ in the UK that are part of the Merlin Corporation. After an encounter with the Warden of the Dungeon, visitors enter into the Court Room of the Bishop of Stafford who has been appointed by Elizabeth I as justice of the peace. As the Bishop says:’To my flick of lambs, I shall be both shepherd and butcher’!


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. ^ Diocese of Lichfield — Bishop of Stafford Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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