Colin James (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Colin James
Bishop of Winchester
Diocese Diocese of Winchester
In office June 1985–April 1995
Predecessor John Taylor
Successor Michael Scott-Joynt
Other posts Bishop of Basingstoke (1973–1976/77)
Bishop of Wakefield (1976/77–1985)
Ordination 1952 (deacon); 1953 (priest)
Consecration 1973
Personal details
Born (1926-09-20)20 September 1926
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Died 10 December 2009(2009-12-10) (aged 83)
Winchester, Hampshire, UK
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Charles and Gwenyth
Spouse Sally Henshaw (married 1962, died 2001)
Children 1 son, 2 daughters
Profession Television producer
Education Aldenham School
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Cuddesdon College

Colin Clement Walter James (20 September 1926[1]–10 December 2009)[2] was an Anglican bishop in the Church of England, successively Suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke, then the Bishop of Winchester.

James was educated at Aldenham School and King's College, Cambridge before his ordained ministry which began with a curacy at Stepney, after which he was a chaplain of Stowe School.[3] He was ordained a deacon at Trinitytide 1952[4] and priest a year later,[5] both by William Wand, Bishop of London, at St Paul's Cathedral.[4][5]

Following his title, he was a producer of religious programmes for the BBC[6] and then (his final appointment before being ordained to the episcopate) vicar of St Peter's Bournemouth.[7] James was the first suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke in the Diocese of Winchester, beginning with his consecration as a bishop on 2 February 1973 at St Paul's Cathedral by Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.[8] He held his suffragan bishopric with a residentiary canonry of Winchester Cathedral.[1]

He was translated to become diocesan Bishop of Wakefield[9] and was enthroned at Wakefield Cathedral on 9 February 1977.[10] He was returned to the Diocese of Winchester as the diocesan Bishop of Winchester;[11] he was enthroned at Winchester Cathedral on 28 June 1985,[12] having been elected two weeks prior[12] and confirmed (officially becoming the Bishop) at some intervening point. He retired in April 1995.[13]


  1. ^ a b James, Colin Clement Walter. Who Was Who. 1920–2014 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 18 October 2014. closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph obituary p. 29, 23 December 2009
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1995 (Lambeth, Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
  4. ^ a b "Trinity ordinations: Province of Canterbury (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4662). 13 June 1952. p. 438. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 14 February 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ a b "Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4714). 12 June 1953. p. 436. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 14 February 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
  6. ^ Debrett's People of Today 1992 (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  7. ^ Now called Bournemouth Family Church Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "(front page) (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5739). 9 February 1973. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 18 October 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ "Former Bishops of Wakefield and Pontefract". Diocese of Wakefield. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008.
  10. ^ "Christians told of need (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5948). 11 February 1977. p. 20. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 14 February 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
  11. ^ Diocese of Winchester Archived 2011-07-22 at
  12. ^ a b "USPG's new chairman (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6384). 21 June 1985. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 18 October 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  13. ^ "A pair of slippers (press review) (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6894). 31 March 1995. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 18 October 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Basingstoke
Succeeded by
Michael Manktelow
Preceded by
Eric Treacy
Bishop of Wakefield
Succeeded by
David Hope
Preceded by
John Taylor
Bishop of Winchester
Succeeded by
Michael Scott-Joynt
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