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NESTOR, Donald Patrick (1938 - 2003), Hon. Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Durham, since 2001

Webster, Glyn Hamilton (born 1951), Episcopal Visitor for the Northern Province, since 2013; an Honorary Assistant Bishop: Diocese of Chester, since 2013; Diocese of Sheffield, since 2013; Diocese of Liverpool, since 2013; Diocese of Durham, since 2014; Diocese of Manchester, since 2014

STANCLIFFE, David Staffurth (born 1942), Bishop of Salisbury, 1993–2010; an Honorary Assistant Bishop: Diocese of Europe, since 2011; Diocese of Durham, since 2013

TURNBULL, Michael (born 1935), DL; Bishop of Durham, 1994–2003; an Honorary Assistant Bishop: Diocese of Canterbury, since 2003; Diocese of Europe, since 2003; Diocese of Rochester, since 2010

SPURRIER, Horatio (1832 - 1913), Vicar of Shildon from 1866; Surrogate for Diocese of Durham, 1901; Hon. Canon of Durham, 1903

COBHAM, John Oldcastle (1899 - 1987), Archdeacon of Durham and Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral, 1953–69, now Archdeacon Emeritus; Licence to Officiate, Diocese of Exeter, since 1982, Diocese of Oxford, since 1986

SYKES, Stephen Whitefield (1939 - 2014), Principal, St John’s College, and Professor of Theology, University of Durham, 1999–2006; an Honorary Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Durham, since 1999

Class, Industrialization and the Church of England: The Case of the Durham Diocese in the Nineteenth Century

HUXLEY, Keith (1933 - 2002), Rector of Gateshead, Diocese of Durham, 1983–97; Chaplain to the Queen, 1981–98

JENKINS, David Edward (born 1925), Bishop of Durham, 1984–94; an Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, 1994–2014

GIBSON, (George) Granville (born 1936), Archdeacon of Auckland, Diocese of Durham, 1993–2001, now Archdeacon Emeritus

de BURGH, Charles (1886 - 1973), retired as Agent to Dean and Chapter of Durham Diocese, Lord Crewe Trustees, and Croxdale Estates (1933–52)


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The bishopric, conterminous with the old county of Durham, was created in 995, when Aldhelm moved the see from Chester‐le‐Street. The consequent translation of St Cuthbert's bones to Durham benefited the new see spiritually and financially. The prince‐bishops of the Middle Ages were people of influence in both church and state. Today the bishops of Durham still hold seniority, with London and Winchester, second only to the archbishops of Canterbury and York. The original Anglo‐Saxon cathedral of 995 was replaced by the present magnificent Norman cathedral. The tombs of Cuthbert and Bede are in the Galilee chapel.

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