Bishop of Hull

The Bishop of Hull is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of York, England.[1] The suffragan bishop, along with the Bishop of Selby and the Bishop of Whitby, assists the Archbishop of York in overseeing the diocese.

The title takes its name after the city of Kingston upon Hull and was first created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534.[2] Today, the Bishop of Hull is responsible for the Archdeaconry of the East Riding.

List of bishops

Bishops of Hull
From Until Incumbent Notes
1538 1559 Robert Pursglove Consecrated on 29 December 1538; deprived 1559.
1559 1891 in abeyance
1891 1910 Richard Blunt
1910 1913 John Augustine Kempthorne [3] Translated to Lichfield
1913 1929 Francis Gurdon
1929 1931 no appointment
1931 1934 Bernard Heywood Translated to Ely
1934 1957 Henry Vodden
1957 1965 George Townley
1965 1977 Hubert Higgs
1977 1981 Geoffrey Paul Translated to Bradford
1981 1994 Donald Snelgrove
1994 1998 James Jones Translated to Liverpool
1998 17 October 2014 Richard Frith Translated to Hereford
3 July 2015 present Alison White[4] Consecrated 3 July 2015.


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ a b Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 287. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  3. ^ "Historical Pictures". All Saints' Church in Hessle. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  4. ^ "New Bishop of Hull". Diocese of York. Retrieved 25 March 2015.

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Alison White (bishop)

Alison Mary White (née Dumbell; born 1956) is a British Anglican bishop. Since July 2015, she has been the Bishop of Hull, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of York. She is the second woman to be consecrated as a bishop in the Church of England.

Bernard Heywood

Bernard Oliver Francis Heywood (1 March 1871 – March 1960) was a bishop in the Church of England.

Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham is the diocesan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham in the Province of York.The diocese covers 847 square miles (2,190 km2) including the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small area of South Yorkshire. The see is in the town of Southwell where the seat is located at the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as Southwell Minster), which was elevated to cathedral status in 1884. The bishop's residence is Bishop's Manor, Southwell — in the minster precincts.

The diocese was created in 1884 under Queen Victoria. Until 2005 it was known simply by the name "Southwell"; Nottingham was added to the title in that year. The current bishop is Paul Williams, whose election was confirmed on 11 May 2015. There are 314 church buildings in the Diocese.

The bishop is assisted by the suffragan Bishop of Sherwood, the current incumbent being Tony Porter.

Diocese of York

The Diocese of York is an administrative division of the Church of England, part of the Province of York. It covers the city of York, the eastern part of North Yorkshire, and most of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The diocese is headed by the Archbishop of York and its cathedral is York Minster. The diocese is divided into three archdeaconries of Cleveland in the north (with a Bishop of Whitby), the East Riding (with a Bishop of Hull), and in the south-west the Archdeaconry of York (with a Bishop of Selby).

The diocese was once much larger, covering Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and parts of Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland.

Donald Snelgrove

Donald George Snelgrove (21 April 1925 – 19 May 2016) was the Suffragan Bishop of Hull from 1981 until 1994.He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge. After World War II service with the RNVR and a period of study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge he embarked on an ecclesiastical career with curacies at St Thomas Oakwood, London and St Anselm, Hatch End after which he was Vicar of St John the Baptist's Church, Dronfield. Following this he was Vicar of Hessle and then (his final appointment before elevation to the Episcopate) Archdeacon of the East Riding, a post he initially held whilst also serving as Rector of Cherry Burton (1970–79).Snelgrove was Bishop of Hull (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of York) from 1981 until his 1994 retirement. In retirement he continued to serve the Church as an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Lincoln.

Snelgrove died on 19 May 2016 at the age of 91.

Francis Gurdon

Francis Gurdon (11 April 1861, Barnham Broom – 23 December 1929, York) was an Anglican bishop, the third Bishop of Hull in the modern era.

Frank White (bishop)

Francis White (born 26 May 1949) is a retired English Anglican bishop. He was Bishop of Brixworth and then the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, in the Church of England.

Geoffrey Paul

Geoffrey John Paul (4 March 1921 - 11 July 1983) was the eighth Bishop of Hull in the modern era from 1977 until 1981, who was then translated to Bradford where he served until his death two years later.Educated at Rutlish School, Queens' College, Cambridge and at King's College London, his first position after ordination was as a curate in Little Ilford. He was then a missionary priest at Palayamkottai and later in Kerala where he was a member of the faculty of the Kerala United Theological Seminary at Kannammoola, eventually becoming the principal from 1961 to 1965.On returning to England he was a residentiary canon at Bristol Cathedral and then Warden of Lee Abbey before his ordination to the episcopate as a suffragan bishop to the Archbishop of York. He had five daughters, including the theologian Jane Paul, who married the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, as well as the artist Celia Paul.

George Townley

George Frederick Townley (15 April 1891 Earls Barton Northamptonshire – 9 March 1977) was the sixth Bishop of Hull in the modern era, serving from 1957 until 1965.He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford. His first post after World War I service was as a curate in Keighley. He was then Vicar of Lidget Green, Bradford and then of Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, Rural Dean of Scarborough, Archdeacon of Cleveland and finally Archdeacon of York before elevation to the episcopate as a Suffragan to the Archbishop of York.

He died on 9 March 1977. Papers relating to Townley (his ordination and preferments) are held by the Borthwick Institute in York.

Henry Vodden

Henry Townsend Vodden (10 July 1887 – 24 August 1960) was the fifth Bishop of Hull in the modern era (from 1934 until 1957).He was educated at Exeter School and Exeter College, Oxford, his first posts after ordination were as a Missionary Priest in India. He was later Secretary of the CMS before elevation to the Episcopate as a Suffragan to the Archbishop of York. He died on 24 August 1960.

Hubert Higgs

Hubert Laurence Higgs was the seventh Anglican Bishop of Hull in the modern era (from 1965 until 1977).

James Jones (bishop)

James Stuart Jones, (born 18 August 1948) is a retired Church of England bishop. He was the Bishop of Liverpool between 1998 and 2013.

John Kempthorne

John Kempthorne may refer to:

John Kempthorne (hymnwriter) (1775–1838), English clergyman and hymnwriter

John Kempthorne (Royal Navy officer) (1620–1679), officer in the English Royal Navy during the Second and Third Anglo-Dutch Wars

John Kempthorne (bishop) (1864–1946), Anglican bishop of Hull, then Lichfield

John Kempthorne (priest) (1849–1931), Anglican priest, Archdeacon of Waimea, New Zealand

John Kempthorne (bishop)

John Augustine Kempthorne (26 May 1864, London – 24 February 1946, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire) was an Anglican Bishop in the first half of the twentieth century.John Augustine Kempthorne was the son of the Rev. John Kempthorne (1835–1880), Vicar of Trumpington. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge. His first post after ordination was as a curate at St Aidan’s, Gateshead. He then held incumbencies at Rochdale, Sunderland, Liverpool and Hessle before elevation to the Episcopate in March 1910 as Bishop of Hull, a Suffragan to the Archbishop of York. He was appointed Bishop of Lichfield in May 1913, and retired in 1937.

A Christian pacifist, Kempthorne believed war was inconsistent with Christianity. The weekend before the start of the First World War he had attended a conference in Kinstanz, Germany, as part of a world alliance for promoting friendship through churches. Whilst he was prepared to work for peace, his pacifism did not extend to rejection of the war, given the UK's obligations to Belgium. He did, however, preach several times about the need to avoid reprisals.He died on 24 February 1946.

Richard Blunt

Richard Frederick Lefevre Blunt was the first Anglican Bishop of Hull in the modern era; and served from 1891 until his death in 1910.

Richard Frith

Richard Michael Cockayne Frith (born 8 April 1949) is a British Anglican bishop. He is the current Bishop of Hereford and a former Bishop of Hull.


Snelgrove may refer to:

Anne Snelgrove (born 1957), British Labour politician, Member of Parliament for Swindon South since 2005

Donald Snelgrove, the Suffragan Bishop of Hull from 1981 until 1994

Edwin Snelgrove, serial killer currently serving a 60-year sentence for the murder of Carmen Rodriguez

Lloyd Snelgrove, Canadian politician, who currently represents the electoral district of Vermilion-Lloydminster in Alberta

Ralph Snelgrove (1914–1990), Canadian radio and television pioneer who built television station CKVR-TV in Barrie, Ontario

Timothy Snelgrove, the founder of Timothy's World Coffee

Victoria Snelgrove (1982–2004), college student who was accidentally killed by Boston police


Townley is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

A. C. Townley (1880–1959), American political organizer, founder the National Non-Partisan League

Alvin Townley (born 1975), American author who writes about adventure with a greater purpose

Athol Townley (1905–1963), Australian politician and Minister for Defence

Ben Townley (born 1984), professional motocross rider originating from Taupo, New Zealand

Charles Townley (1737–1805), English country gentleman, antiquary and collector of the Townley Marbles

Charles Townley (officer of arms) (1713–1774), long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London

Doody Townley (born 1925), driver of standardbred racehorses in New Zealand

Fred Townley, architect who designed many buildings in Vancouver, Canada

Frederick Townley-Smith (1887–1961), Co-operative Commonwealth Federation member of the Canadian House of Commons

George Townley (1891–1977), the sixth Bishop of Hull in the modern era from 1957 until 1965

Henry Townley Heald (1904–1975), president of Armour Institute of Technology from 1938 to 1940

Jack Townley (1897–1960), American screenwriter

James Townley (1714–1778), English dramatist and anonymous playwright

Jimmy Townley (1902–1983), English professional footballer

John Townley (born 1945), musician who was a member of the folk-rock group The Magicians from 1965 to 1966

John Wes Townley (born 1989), former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver

Jonathan Townley Crane (1819–1880), American clergyman, author and abolitionist

Max Townley (1864–1942), British land agent, agriculturist and politician

Michael Townley, US citizen living in the United States under terms of the federal witness protection program

Michael Townley (Australian politician) (born 1934), former Tasmanian senator

Rex Townley (1904–1982), Australian politician who served as leader of the Liberal Party in Tasmania from 1950 to 1956

Richard Greaves Townley (1786–1855), English Whig politician

Richard Townley (died 1711), the 8th son of Nicholas Townley of Littleton and Joanne White

Robert Townley Caldwell, the Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge from 1906 to 1914

Roderick Townley (born 1942), American author of juvenile, young adult, and adult books

Sidney Dean Townley (1867–1946), American astronomer and geodeticist

Simon Townley, piano player and composer

Thomas Townley (1862–1935), Canadian lawyer and the eighth Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia

Thomas Townley (cricketer) (1825–1895), English soldier, cricketer and amateur jockey

Toke Townley, (1912–1984), English actor

Sir Walter Townley (1863–1945), British ambassador

William Townley, (1866–1950), English football (soccer) player and coach

William Townley Mitford (1817–1889), Victorian Conservative Party politician in Britain

Winfield Townley Scott (1910–1968), American poet, critic and diarist

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