Bishop of Truro

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Bishop of Truro
acting bishop: Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans
Province Canterbury
Diocese Truro
Cathedral Truro Cathedral
Residence Lis Escop, Feock
First incumbent Edward White Benson
Formation 1876

The Bishop of Truro is the ordinary (diocesan bishop) of the Church of England Diocese of Truro in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The See is vacant following the resignation of Tim Thornton c. August 2017 to become Bishop at Lambeth from September 2017.[2]


There had been between the 9th and 11th centuries a Bishopric of Cornwall until it was merged with Crediton and the sees were transferred to Exeter in 1050.[3]

The Diocese of Truro was established by Act of Parliament in 1876 under Queen Victoria. It was created by the division of the Diocese of Exeter in 1876 approximately along the Devon-Cornwall border (a few parishes of Devon west of the River Tamar were included in the new diocese). The bishop's seat is located at Truro Cathedral and his official residence at Lis Escop, Feock, south of Truro. The Bishop of Truro is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of St Germans in overseeing the diocese.

Until they moved to Feock the bishops resided at Kenwyn. Lis Escop (the Kenwyn Vicarage of 1780) became after the establishment of the Diocese of Truro the bishop's palace.[4] After the bishops moved out for some years it housed part of Truro Cathedral School (closed 1981) then the Community of the Epiphany (Anglican nuns) and is now, as Epiphany House, a Christian retreat and conference centre. Lis Escop is Cornish for "bishop's palace".

List of bishops

Bishops of Truro
From Until Incumbent Notes
1877 1883 Edward Benson.jpg Edward White Benson Translated to Canterbury
1883 1891 Bp George Howard Wilkinson NPG.jpg George Wilkinson Translated to St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane; later became Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
1891 1906 Bp John Gott NPG.jpg John Gott
1906 1912 CWStubbs.jpg Charles Stubbs
1912 1919 Winfrid O Burrows, Bp Truro.jpg Winfrid Burrows Translated to Chichester
1919 1923 Fond blanc.svg Guy Warman Translated to Chelmsford; later to Manchester
1923 1935 Fond blanc.svg Walter Frere CR
1935 1951 Fond blanc.svg Joseph Hunkin[5]
1951 1960 Fond blanc.svg Edmund Morgan Translated from Southampton
1960 1973 Fond blanc.svg Maurice Key Translated from Sherborne
1973 1981 Fond blanc.svg Graham Leonard Translated from Willesden; later to London. Ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1994.
1981 1989 Fond blanc.svg Peter Mumford Translated from Hertford
1990 1997 Fond blanc.svg Michael Ball CGA Translated from Jarrow. Founder of the Community of the Glorious Ascension with his twin brother.
1997 2008 Fond blanc.svg Bill Ind Translated from Grantham
2009 2017 Fond blanc.svg Tim Thornton Translated from Sherborne; resigned c. August 2017.[2]
2017 present Fond blanc.svg Chris Goldsmith, Bishop of St Germans Acting diocesan bishop


  1. ^ The Diocese of Truro: Homepage. Retrieved on 7 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b Lambeth Palace — Tim Thornton announced as new Bishop at Lambeth (Accessed 4 April 2017)
  3. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 214–215.
  4. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 84-85
  5. ^ "Joseph Hunkin in New York". Time Inc. 14 February 1938. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Bishops of Truro". The Diocese of Truro. Retrieved 14 July 2012. [permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Historical successions: Truro". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 275.


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

External links

  • Diocese of Truro
  • Truro Cathedral
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