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The Bishop of Taunton is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The title was first created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 and takes its name after Taunton, the county town of Somerset.

The current bishop is The Right Revd Peter Maurice. Peter was vicar of All Saints, Tooting for seven years before his appointment as archdeacon and is a graduate of St Chad's, Durham, and was trained for the ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was ordained deacon in 1972 and priest in 1976. He had a wide-ranging parish ministry in the Diocese of Southwark and was at one time Rural Dean of Bermondsey and was also the local ministry adviser.[2]

List of the Bishops of Taunton

No. Incumbent From Until Notes
1 William Finch 1538 1559
in abeyance 1559 1911
2 Charles Fane de Salis 1911 1931
3 George Arthur Hollis 1931 1945
4 Harry Thomas 1945 1955
5 Mark Allin Hodson 1955 1961 Translated to Hereford
6 Francis Horner West 1962 1977
7 Peter John Nott 1977 1985 Translated to Norwich
8 Nigel Simeon McCulloch 1986 1992 Translated to Wakefield
9 John Hubert Richard Lewis 1992 1997 Translated to St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
10 William Allen Stewart 1997 1998
11 Andrew John Radford 1998 2006
12 Peter David Maurice 2006 present


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  2. ^ The Good News:New Bishop of Taunton appointed. Retrieved on 12 June 2008.

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