Bishop of Burnley

The Bishop of Burnley is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn, in the Province of York, England.[1]

The title takes its name after the town of Burnley in Lancashire. Originally, the suffragan bishops were appointed for the diocese of Manchester, but with the creation of the Diocese of Blackburn in 1926, Burnley came under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Blackburn.

List of bishops

Bishops of Burnley
From Until Incumbent Notes
1901[2] 1904 Edwyn Hoskyns Translated to Southwell
1905 1909 Alfred Pearson
1909 1931 Henry Henn
1931 1949 Priestley Swain
1950 1954 Keith Prosser
1955 1970 George Holderness
1970 1988 Richard Watson
1988 1994 Ronald Milner
1994 2000 Martyn Jarrett Translated to Beverley
2000 2014 John Goddard Retired 19 July 2014.
2015 present Philip North[3] previously Bishop-designate of Whitby (October–December 2012); consecrated 2 February 2015 at York Minster;[4] Bishop-nominate of Sheffield (January–March 2017).
Source(s): [1]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ "No. 27359". The London Gazette. 27 September 1901. p. 6292.
  3. ^ "Press release - Suffragan Bishop of Burnley: Reverend Philip John North". Westminster. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  4. ^ Diocese of Blackburn – Consecration of the Eleventh Bishop of Burnley at York Minster Archived 2015-02-03 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 2 February 2015)

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Alfred Pearson (bishop)

Alfred Pearson (30 April 1848 – 19 March 1909) was the second Bishop of Burnley (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Manchester) from 1905 until his death.

Born at Clifton Lodge, Brixton Hills, Streatham in Brixton, Surrey, second son of Robert (a shipowner and Wharfinger at Stanton's wharf, Tooley Street, Southwark.) and his second wife, Hannah née Brodrick, and educated at Islington Grammar School and Lincoln College, Oxford, he graduated with a Batchelor of Arts on 6 July 1872, in 1872 he was appointed Curate of St Andrew's, Leedshe was ordained on Sunday 21 September 1873 by the Bishop of Ripon (Robert Bickersteth D.D. 1857–1884) at Ripon Cathedral. He was then appointed Curate of Knaresborough Parish Church between (1874) and (1877), Whilst he was a curate he continued his studies at Oxford and Graduated Lincoln College with a Master of Arts, Oxford, Thursday 27 June 1875, he was appointed incumbencies as Rector of St Ebbe's, Oxford on 20 October 1877, he was then appointed Vicar of The Living of All Saints' Church, Nottingham (1880–1888), whilst at Nottingham he met and Married Caroline Doncaster Noble, the eldest daughter of John Noble (Estate Manager of Woodhall, Watton, Heartfordshire), on 7 June 1883, on 30 May 1888 he was appointed Perpetual Curate of St Margaret's Church, Brighton (1888–1896),. While living at Brighton, he started to make a name for himself. On 5 March 1890 (3rd week in Lent) he gave the Special Lenten Addresses under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral at 1:15pm. He had a book published, Christus Magister (Some teachings from the Sermon on the Mount by Alfred Pearson MA - price 5 shillings - "Twenty thoughtful, fresh and Vigorous Discourses"), He also wrote a Pamphlet called "The Christian Aims" price 1s. In Dec 1896 he was appointed to the Living of St Mark's, Sheffield(1896–1905, where in 1900 he was made Rural Dean of the area and prebendary of Osbaldwick, a canon of York from 1903) before his appointment to the episcopate. In Sheffield he was a strong Supporter of the Church Pastoral Aid Society, which raised funds to employ extra members of Church Staff,. In 1897, on the 21st May, Queen Victoria as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, she opened the new Sheffield Town Hall. On her Arrival at the Town Hall the children sang a short hymn written by Alfred Pearson called "Loyal and Loving Children now Raising" the music was by Mr A Healey-Foster.A hymn written by Rev Alfred Pearson for Queen Victoria.

"Loyal and Loving the Children now Raising"

Loyal and Loving the Children now Raising

Welcoming voices in Joyous refrain,

Offer their duteous loyalty,

praising God for their gracious Queen's Diamond Reign;

Blessings on Fatherland richly are falling,

Crowning the ripening years that remain,

Children of Fatherland blessings are calling,

Down on their Empress-Queen's Diamond Reign.

In 1904 he was recommended to the vacant post as the Suffragan Bishop of Burnley by the Bishop of Manchester since he valued him as a fellow Evangelical who had worked in several "large Centers of Industrial Population". Pearson was consecrated a bishop by William Maclagan, Archbishop of York, at York Minster, on 2 February 1905, to serve as the 2nd suffragan Bishop of Burnley. He was also appointed to simultaneously serve as Rector of St Peter's, Burnley He died in office of TB in Burnley, Lancashire. He married Caroline Doncaster Noble.

Before he died he Published "The Claims of the Faith on the Practice of Today" This was a selection of his Church Sermons.

Arthur Preston (bishop)

Arthur Llewellyn Preston (1883 – 19 July 1936) was an Anglican bishop who served as the third Bishop of Woolwich (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southwark) from 1932 until his death.

Bishop of Beverley

Not to be confused with now suppressed title, relating to the Catholic Diocese of Beverley

The Bishop of Beverley is a Church of England suffragan bishop. The title takes its name after the town of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.The suffragan bishop was originally to assist the Archbishop of York in overseeing the Diocese of York, but after 1923 the position fell into abeyance. The title was revived in 1994 as a Provincial Episcopal Visitor for the Province of York. The bishop has responsibility for those parishes in 9 dioceses of the province who cannot in good conscience accept the sacramental ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women. As of 2014, three of the twelve dioceses in the northern province provide a different suffragan bishop to such parishes in their diocese: in the Diocese of Leeds the Bishop of Wakefield and in Blackburn and Carlisle the Bishop of Burnley.On 29 August 2012, the appointment of Glyn Webster as Bishop of Beverley was announced. He was duly consecrated on 25 January 2013.

Bishop of Whitby

The Bishop of Whitby is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of York, in the Province of York, England. The title takes its name after the town of Whitby in North Yorkshire. The Bishop of Whitby oversees the Archdeaconry of Cleveland. On 3 July 2014 Paul Ferguson was consecrated as Bishop of Whitby.The Bishop of Whitby formerly had episcopal oversight of traditionalist parishes in the whole Diocese of York. Bates agreed not to ordain women and Ladds and Warner were both opponents of the ordination of women; however with the appointment of Ferguson, a supporter of women's ordination, oversight has been passed to Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley (as PEV.)

George Holderness

The Right Reverend George Edward Holderness was an Anglican bishop in the second half of the 20th century.

He was born on 5 March 1913 and educated at Leeds Grammar School and Keble College, Oxford. Ordained in 1936 he began his career with a curacy at Bedale and was then Chaplain at Aysgarth School until 1947. He was then Vicar of Darlington and for 15 years suffragan Bishop of Burnley

in the Diocese of Blackburn. In 1970 he left Burnley to become Dean of Lichfield, a post he held to retirement in 1979. He died on 21 October 1987.

Henry Henn

Henry Henn (8 October 1858 – 21 October 1931) was a Church of England bishop. He was the third Bishop of Burnley from 1909 to 1931.Born in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland on 8 October 1858, he was educated at Sherborne School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Ordained in 1886, his first post was a curacy at Preston Parish Church, after which he returned to his old college as its Dean. He moved back to Lancashire, at first as Vicar of St Paul’s in Preston, then he became Rural Dean of St Peter's, Bolton on 21 January 1902. During his incumbency at Bolton, he was appointed an honorary canon of Manchester Cathedral in 1903. In 1909, he was ordained to the episcopate, becoming the suffragan Bishop of Burnley. He kept this position until his death on 21 October 1931.

John Ball (bishop)

John Martin Ball (11 December 1934 – 5 September 2016) was a British Anglican bishop. He was Assistant Bishop of Central Tanganyika in the Anglican Church of Tanzania, and retired to the Church of England.

Ball graduated the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1955, before attending Tyndale Hall, Bristol, training for the priesthood. He was ordained a deacon at Michaelmas (20 September) 1959 by Anthony Hoskyns-Abrahall, Bishop of Lancaster and a priest at Michaelmas (15 September) 1960 by George Holderness, Bishop of Burnley (both times in Blackburn Cathedral), to serve as curate of St Jude's Blackburn until 1963.In Kenya, he became a curate in Eldoret (1969–1971, serving as a youth worker) and at Nakuru Cathedral (1971–1975) and then Vicar of St Francis Karen, Nairobi (1975–1979). He then served the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society as Deputy General Secretary (1979–1981) and then as General Secretary (1981–1995), during which time the society's name changed to Crosslinks (from 1993). During his time as General Secretary, he was also honorary curate of Christ Church Sidcup, Greater London (Diocese of Rochester); and he became an honorary canon of Karamoja, Uganda in 1988, retaining that honour until his death. He also served in Kenya as press manager for the Anglican Church of Kenya.Ball was consecrated in 1995 to be Assistant Bishop of Central Tanganyika, in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Anglican Church of Tanzania, in which post he served until his 2000 retirement. He retired back to the United Kingdom, where he was licensed an honorary assistant bishop of the Diocese of Chelmsford from 2000 until his death; and where he would preach at Holy Trinity Springfield, Essex. He was married to Anne, and they had three children.

John Goddard

John Goddard may refer to:

John Goddard (engraver) (fl. 1645–1671), engraver

John Goddard (cricketer) (1919–1987), West Indian cricketer

Johnathan Goddard (1981–2008), American football player

John Goddard (adventurer) (1924–2013), American adventurer, explorer and lecturer

John Goddard (bishop) (born 1947), Bishop of Burnley

John Frederick Goddard (1795–1866), English chemist

John Theodore Goddard, solicitor appointed by Wallis Simpson as an adviser during her divorce proceedings

John Goddard (footballer), English footballer currently playing for Swindon Town

John Goddard (bishop)

John William Goddard (born 8 September 1947) is a retired bishop of the Church of England. From 2000 to 2014, he was Bishop of Burnley, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn.

Keith Prosser

Charles Keith Kipling Prosser (1897–1954) was the fifth Bishop of Burnley from 1950 until 1954.

Educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham he served during World War I with the Royal Garrison Artillery after which he studied at Queens' College, Cambridge before ordination in 1923. Successively curate of Bishop Latimer's Church, Birmingham, Rector of Alert Bay, British Columbia and Rural Dean of Leigh he was ordained to the episcopate in 1950. He died in post four years later.

Libby Lane

Elizabeth Jane Holden "Libby" Lane (born 8 December 1966) is a British Anglican bishop. Since February 2019, she has served as Bishop of Derby in the Church of England, the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Derby. From January 2015 to 2019, she was the Bishop of Stockport, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester. She was the first woman to be appointed as a bishop by the Church of England, after its General Synod voted in July 2014 to allow women to become bishops. Her consecration took place on 26 January 2015 at York Minster.

Philip North

Philip John North (born 2 December 1966) is a bishop in the Church of England. Since February 2015, he has been Bishop of Burnley, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Blackburn. He was previously Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras.

It had been announced in January 2017 that North had been nominated to become the next Bishop of Sheffield. He withdrew his acceptance of the nomination in March 2017 without taking up the post, after concerns were raised about him being "unable to receive the ministry of women as bishops or priests." In 2012, he had withdrawn his acceptance of the appointment as Bishop of Whitby for the same reason.

Priestley Swain

Edgar Priestley Swain (1881–1949) was the fourth Bishop of Burnley from 1931 until 1950. Educated at St John's College, Cambridge and Ripon College Cuddesdon, he was successively Curate of Holy Trinity with All Souls, Birchfield, Chaplain to the Bishop of Birmingham, Vicar of Putney and Rural Dean of Barnes before ascending to the Episcopate. A man “whose great gifts marked him out for preferment", his scholarship was considered a great asset to the Church in the mid Twentieth century.

Provincial episcopal visitor

A provincial episcopal visitor (PEV), popularly known as a flying bishop, is a Church of England bishop assigned to minister to many of the clergy, laity and parishes who on grounds of theological conviction, "are unable to receive the ministry of women bishops or priests".The system by which said bishops provide certain churches with oversight is referred to as alternative episcopal oversight (AEO).

Richard Watson

Richard Watson may refer to:

Richard Watson (Methodist) (1781–1833), British Methodist theologian

Richard Watson (bishop of Burnley) (1923–1998), Bishop of Burnley

Richard Watson (bishop of Llandaff) (1737–1816), Anglican clergyman and academic

Richard Watson (singer) (1903–1968), actor and singer, especially with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

Richard Watson (cricketer) (1921–1987), English cricketer

Richard Watson (philosopher) (born 1931), American philosopher, speleologist and author

Richard Watson (politician) (1800–1852), British Member of Parliament for Canterbury and Peterborough

Richard Watson (author) (born 1961), English writer and lecturer known for his books on the future

Richard S. Watson (1902–1987), bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah

Richard Watson (bishop of Burnley)

Richard Charles Challinor Watson was the seventh Bishop of Burnley from 1970 to 1988. Born on 16 February 1923, he was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford and studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge before a curacy in Stratford, London . After that he was successively: a tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford;Chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford ; Vicar of Hornchurch; and finally, before his ordinaton to the episcopate, Rural Dean of Havering. He retired to Thame in 1988 and died on 1 March 1998.

Ronald Milner

Ronald James Milner (born 16 May 1927) was the Bishop of Burnley from 1988 to 1993.

Sir Edwyn Hoskyns, 12th Baronet

Sir Edwyn Hoskyns, 12th Baronet (22 May 1851 – 2 December 1925) was a Bishop in the Church of England.

Theology of taint

The "theology of taint" is a term used in association with belief that a succession of male-only bishops and priests should be maintained within the Church of England. The term is predominantly used by those who oppose this view.An action associated with the theology of taint is when male bishops who have previously ordained women as priests are excluded from the laying on of hands during ordinations.

The phrase was notably used, in church and mainstream media, when John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, announced that he would not be laying hands on Philip North during his ordination as the Bishop of Burnley scheduled for 2 February 2015. This concession is notable because:

John Sentamu laid hands in the ordination of the first woman as a bishop in the Church of England, Libby Lane, on 26 January 2015

Philip North is not being ordained as a provincial episcopal visitor ("flying bishop")

Philip North would have responsibility for women who are priests as part of his ministry as Bishop suffragan of Burnley

Bishops of Burnley
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