Bishop of Derby

This article is about the diocesan bishops. For the suffragan bishops, see Bishop of Derby (suffragan).

The Bishop of Derby is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Derby in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The diocese was formed from part of the Diocese of Southwell in 1927 under George V and roughly covers the county of Derbyshire. Before this time however there had been two Bishops suffragan of Derby whilst the town was still within the Diocese of Southwell.

The bishop's seat (cathedra) or see is located in the City of Derby at Derby Cathedral – formerly a parish church which was elevated to cathedral status in 1927.[2] The bishop's residence is the Bishop's House, 6 King Street, Duffield, Belper.

The current bishop is Alastair Redfern, the seventh Bishop of Derby.[3] He is one of the 21 senior bishops entitled by length of tenure to sit in the House of Lords, and was introduced on 15 June 2010.[4]

List of bishops

Bishops of Derby
From Until Incumbent Notes
1927 1936 Edmund Pearce Previously Master of Corpus Christi.
1936 1959 Alfred Rawlinson Previously Archdeacon of Auckland.
1959 1969 Geoffrey Allen Previously Principal of Cuddesdon College.
1969 1988 Cyril Bowles Previously Archdeacon of Swindon.
1988 1995 Peter Dawes Previously Archdeacon of West Ham.
1995 2005 Jonathan Bailey Translated from Dunwich; also Clerk of the Closet from 1997.
2005 present Alastair Redfern[3] Translated from Grantham.


  1. Crockford's Clerical Directory, 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. Derby Cathedral Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. (Official website). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  3. 1 2 Profile: Rt Rev'd Dr Alastair Redfern Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. (Official website). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  4. |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Lords. 15 Jun 2010. col. 893.

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