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Chelmsford, diocese of

Chelmsford, diocese of

Chelmsford, diocese of

Chelmsford, diocese of

MILLS, Arthur Everard (1863 - 1929), Public Preacher, Diocese of Chelmsford, since 1928

Banks, Norman (born 1954), Provincial Episcopal Visitor, Province of Canterbury, since 2011; an Honorary Assistant Bishop: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, since 2011; Diocese of Norwich, since 2012; Diocese of Ely, since 2012; Diocese of Guildford, since 2012; Diocese of Chelmsford, since 2012; Diocese of St Albans, since 2013; Diocese of Lincoln, since 2015; Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe, since 2015

ALLWORK, Robert Long (1863 - 1919), Vicar of Epping since 1906; Hon. Canon of Chelmsford; Rural Dean of Chigwell; Surrogate for the Diocese of Chelmsford; Chaplain to the Epping Union

PENNELL, (James Henry) Leslie (1906 - 1996), Rector of Foxearth and Pentlow (Diocese of Chelmsford), 1965–72, and of Borley and Lyston (Diocese of Chelmsford), 1969–72; Hon. Canon, Inverness Cathedral, since 1965 (Provost, 1949–65)

KEMPE, Alfred Bray (1849 - 1922), Chancellor, Diocese of London, since 1912; also Chancellor of the Dioceses of Southwell, St Albans, Peterborough, Chichester, and Chelmsford; Bencher of Inner Temple, 1909

BOND, (Charles) Derek (born 1927), appointed Bishop Suffragan of Bradwell, 1976, Area Bishop, 1984–92; Hon. Assistant Bishop: Dioceses of Gloucester and Worcester, 1992–2006; Diocese of Chelmsford, since 2006

OWEN, Ithel George (1863 - 1941), Rector of Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, 1921–38; Rural Dean of Dengie; Surrogate for Diocese of Chelmsford

PERRY, John Freeman (born 1935), Bishop of Chelmsford, 1996–2003; an Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Bath and Wells, since 2011

GLADWIN, John Warren (born 1942), Bishop of Chelmsford, 2003–09; Chair, Citizens Advice, since 2009; Honorary Assistant Bishop, Diocese of St Albans, since 2010

ELVIN, John Elijah (1900 - 1964), Archdeacon of West Ham, since 1958; Vicar of St Michael’s, Gidea Park, Romford, 1938–58; Hon. Canon of Chelmsford Cathedral since 1947; Director for Church Schools, Diocese of Chelmsford, since 1955

WAINE, John (born 1930), Bishop of Chelmsford, 1986–96; Clerk of the Closet to the Queen, 1989–96; an Honorary Assistant Bishop, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, since 2008

THORP, Linton Theodore (1884 - 1950), KC 1932; Recorder, Saffron Walden and Maldon, since 1932; Chairman of Essex Quarter Sessions since 1946; Chancellor of diocese of Chelmsford since 1948; a Governor of Felsted Charities


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The present see, created in 1914, is conterminous with Essex. In 604 Augustine consecrated Mellitus bishop of London to convert the East Saxons, but success was short‐lived. In c.650 Oswiu, king of Northumbria, sent Cedd as bishop of the East Saxons. The Essex see was independent until 675, when Bishop Eorcenwald moved to London. After that Essex remained within the London diocese until the 19th cent. In 1845 Essex was removed from the London diocese and united with Rochester, only to be transferred to the new see of St Albans in 1877. With the creation of the see of Chelmsford, Essex again had a bishop of its own.

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