Alfred Blomfield

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Alfred Blomfield
Bishop of Colchester
Diocese Diocese of St Albans
In office 1882–1894
Successor Henry Johnson
Other posts Archdeacon of Essex (1878–1882)
Archdeacon of Colchester (1882–1894)
Ordination 1858 (priest)
Consecration 1882
by Archibald Tait
Personal details
Born (1833-08-31)31 August 1833
Fulham, Middlesex, United Kingdom
Died 5 November 1894(1894-11-05) (aged 61)
Brentwood, Essex, UK
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
All Souls College, Oxford

Alfred Blomfield[1] (31 August 1833[2] – 5 November 1894)[3][4] was an Anglican bishop[5] in the last decades of the 19th century.

Alfred was the son of Charles James Blomfield, Bishop of London,[6] and brother of the architect Arthur Blomfield. He was educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford before being awarded a Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, where he gained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1855 and his Oxford Master of Arts (MA Oxon) in 1857.[2] From 1857, he was a Curate at Kidderminster, then its Vicar,[7] having been ordained priest in 1858[2] (and presumably deacon the previous year).

After this, he held further incumbencies in Stepney, Islington, and Barking, before becoming Archdeacon of Essex in the Diocese of St Albans (1878–1882).[7] From there he moved to become Archdeacon of Colchester in the same diocese, and at the same time the first Bishop of Colchester (a suffragan bishop) in over 200 years, for twelve years[8] until 1894. He was ordained (consecrated) a bishop (on which day he took up the See of Colchester) by Archibald Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury, on 24 June 1882 at St Albans Cathedral.[2] He died in post, in Brentwood, Essex;[3] he had become a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa (DD) by his university days prior to his consecration.[2]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ a b c d e WikiSource: Men of the Time, eleventh edition — Blomfield, Alfred (Accessed 29 December 2016)
  3. ^ a b "Clerical obituary". Church Times (#1660). 16 November 1894. p. 1226. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 29 December 2016 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ Obituary- The Bishop Of Colchester The Times, Tuesday, 6 November 1894; p. 10; Issue 34414; col. C.
  5. ^ ”Church History in Queen Victoria's Reign” Fowler, M: Whitefish Kessinger Publishing, 2005 ISBN 1-4179-7356-0
  6. ^ “A memoir of Charles James Blomfield” Blomfield, A: London, B. Fellowes, 1863
  7. ^ a b "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  8. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jan 03, 1894; pg. 3; Issue 34464; col G Ecclesiastical Intelligence — New Bishop of Colchester
Church of England titles
in abeyance Bishop of Colchester
Succeeded by
Henry Johnson

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