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Bishop of Portsmouth (Anglican)

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Bishop of Portsmouth
Jonathan Frost
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ResidenceBishopsgrove, Fareham
CathedralPortsmouth Cathedral

The Bishop of Portsmouth is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese covers south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and has its see in the City of Portsmouth, where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury which was elevated to cathedral status in 1927. The bishop's residence is Bishopsgrove, Fareham.

The office of bishop was created in 1927 when the new diocese was formed from part of the Diocese of Winchester. Jonathan Frost has been the Bishop of Portsmouth since his election was confirmed on 18 January 2022.[1] He was installed as the tenth Bishop of Portsmouth on 12 March 2022.[2]

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List of Anglican Bishops of Portsmouth

Anglican Bishops of Portsmouth
From Until Incumbent Notes
1927 1936 Neville Lovett Nominated on 7 June and consecrated on 25 July 1927; translated to Salisbury on 23 April 1936
1936 1941 Frank Partridge Nominated on 12 May and consecrated on 24 June 1936; died in office on 1 October 1941
1942 1949 William Anderson Translated from Croydon; nominated 12 February and confirmed on 19 March 1942; translated to Salisbury on 14 June 1949
1949 1959 Launcelot Fleming Nominated on 13 September and consecrated on 18 October 1949; translated to Norwich on 18 December 1959
1960 1975 John Phillips Nominated on 29 January and consecrated on 25 March 1960; resigned on 31 July 1975; died on 1 November 1985
1975 1984 Ronald Gordon Nominated on 5 August and consecrated on 23 September 1975; resigned on 31 May 1984; he subsequently became Bishop at Lambeth (1984–1991) and Bishop to the Forces (1985–1990); died on 8 August 2015
1984 1995 Timothy Bavin Translated from Johannesburg; nominated on 2 November 1984 and confirmed on 7 January 1985; retired in 1995
1995 2009 Kenneth Stevenson Nominated and consecrated in 1995; retired in September 2009.[3]
2009 2010 Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking acting bishop during vacancy
2010 2021 Christopher Foster Translated from Hertford; nominated on 9 February,[4] and installed and enthroned at Portsmouth Cathedral on 18 September 2010.[5] Retired 28 April 2021.[6]
2021 2022 Rob Wickham, area Bishop of Edmonton part-time acting bishop during vacancy, 28 April 2021[7]–18 January 2022
2022 present Jonathan Frost Former Dean of York and Bishop of Southampton; elected 2 December 2021;[8] confirmed 18 January 2022.[9]

Assistant bishops

Among those called "Assistant Bishop of Portsmouth" have been:


  1. ^ Diocese of Portsmouth — New Bishop of Portsmouth is announced (Accessed 8 October 2021)
  2. ^ "Young people take centre stage at bishop's installation". Diocese of Portsmouth. 12 March 2022. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  3. ^ About Kenneth Stevenson Archived 2011-01-26 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 18 November 2010.
  4. ^ "New bishop for south-east Hampshire". Hampshire Chronicle. Winchester, Hampshire. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  5. ^ Service to install Bishop of Portsmouth. BBC. Published on 18 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Diocese of Portsmouth - News - Bishop Christopher announces his retirement".
  7. ^ "Diocese of Portsmouth - News - New 'commissary bishop' will help to lead diocese".
  8. ^ @CofEPortsmouth (2 December 2021). "The process by which Bishop Jonathan Frost (@DeanOfYork) will become our new bishop took a significant step forward…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Acting Dean of York announced". York Minster. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022. & "Services beginning Sunday 16 January 2022 (image)". St Mary le Bow Church, London. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Historical successions: Portsmouth". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  11. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 266. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  12. ^ "in memoriam: Bishop A. L. Kitching". Church Times. No. 5098. 28 October 1960. p. 16. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 February 2020 – via UK Press Online archives.
  13. ^ "Robin, Bryan Percival". Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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