Bishop of Hertford

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Not to be confused with the Diocesean Bishop of Hereford.

The Bishop of Hertford is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of St Albans, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The suffragan See was created by Order in Council of 5 July 1889, but remained dormant until first filled in December 1967.[2] The title takes its name after Hertford, the county town of Hertfordshire. The Bishop suffragan of Hertford, along with the Bishop suffragan of Bedford, assists the diocesan Bishop of St Albans in overseeing the diocese.

On 5 March 2015, it was announced that Michael Beasley is to become the next bishop suffragan.[3]

List of bishops

Bishops of Hertford
From Until Incumbent Notes
1889 1967 in abeyance
1967 1971 John Trillo (1915–1992). Translated from Bedford; later to Chelmsford
1971 1974 Victor Whitsey (1916–1987). Translated to Chester
1974 1981 Peter Mumford (1922–1992). Translated to Truro
1982 1989 Kenneth Pillar (1924–2011)
1990 2001 Robin Smith (b. 1936)
2001 Sept 2010 Christopher Foster [4] (b. 1953). Translated to Portsmouth
2010 23 July 2014 Paul Bayes (b. 1954) Previously National Mission and Evangelism Adviser;[5] translated to Liverpool
16 May 2015 current Michael Beasley (b. 1968)


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Diocese of St Albans – A History of the Sees of Hertford and Bedford Archived August 21, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 20 August 2014)
  3. ^ Diocese of St Albans – Priest and scientist appointed Bishop of Hertford (Accessed 5 March 2015)
  4. ^ Biographies of the Bishops of St Albans, Bedford and Hertford Archived November 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved on 16 June 2008.
  5. ^ Number 10 — Suffragan See of Hertford

External links

  • Crockford's Clerical Directory - Listings

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