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ORAM, Kenneth Cyril (1919 - 2001), Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Lichfield, 1987–97

NORMAN, Edward Kinsella (1916 - 1987), Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Lichfield, since 1986

LANGLEY, Frederick Oswald (1883 - 1947), Metropolitan Police Magistrate since 1932; Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield since 1928; Chancellor of Diocese of Ripon since 1932

WATERS, Francis Edward (1847 - 1929), Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral, 1908; Vicar of Hanbury, Burton-on-Trent, 1914–23; Proctor in Convocation for Lichfield Diocese, 1906

DAVIES, John Dudley (born 1927), Hon. Assistant Bishop: diocese of Lichfield, 1995–2005; diocese of St Asaph, since 2009; Bishop Suffragan, then Area Bishop, of Shrewsbury, 1987–94

The Last Generation of English Catholic Clergy: Parish Priests in the Diocese of Coventry and Lichfield in the Early Sixteenth Century Tim Cooper

HOLDERNESS, George Edward (1913 - 1987), Dean Emeritus of Lichfield; an Assistant Bishop, Diocese of York, since 1980

EDE, Dennis (born 1931), Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent, 1989–97, now Emeritus; permission to officiate, Dioceses of Lichfield and Southwark, since 2002

BENTLEY, David Edward (born 1935), Bishop of Gloucester, 1993–2003; Hon. Assistant Bishop, Lichfield Diocese, since 2004

BILL, Charles (1843 - 1915), JP; Hon. Colonel 4th North Staffordshire Regiment; member House of Laymen, Diocese Lichfield

BORRETT, Charles Walter (1916 - 2000), Archdeacon of Stoke-upon-Trent and Hon. Canon of Lichfield Cathedral, 1971–82, then Archdeacon Emeritus; Priest-in-charge of Sandon, Diocese of Lichfield, 1975–82; a Chaplain to the Queen, 1980–86

ROUTLEDGE, (Kenneth) Graham (1927 - 1989), Canon Residentiary and Treasurer of St Paul’s Cathedral, since 1982; Chancellor, Diocese of Ely since 1973, of Peterborough since 1976, and of Lichfield since 1976


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There were Celtic bishops from 656, but no formal see until c.669, owing allegiance to Lindisfarne, not Canterbury. Theodore of Canterbury nominated Chad as first bishop (d. 672). Lichfield became briefly (788–803) an archiepiscopal see, while Offa, as bretwalda, was in conflict with Canterbury. The creation of the separate Chester diocese in 1541 reduced Lichfield's significance, and in 1836 Coventry came under the Worcester diocese, further reducing Lichfield's influence. The 12th–13th‐cent. cathedral of red sandstone with three spires was badly damaged in the Civil War, restored in the 1660s, and again in the 19th cent.

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