John Bickersteth

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John Bickersteth

Bishop of Bath and Wells
DioceseDiocese of Bath and Wells
In office1975–1986
PredecessorEdward Henderson
SuccessorGeorge Carey
Other postsClerk of the Closet
Bishop of Warrington
Consecrationc. 1970
Personal details
Born(1921-09-06)6 September 1921
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Died29 January 2018(2018-01-29) (aged 96)
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

John Monier Bickersteth KCVO[1] (6 September 1921 – 29 January 2018) was an English Anglican clergyman who served as the Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1975 to 1986, and Clerk of the Closet from 1979–1989.

Bickersteth descends from a clerical family over several generations; in total six family members have been Church of England Bishops.[2] His father was Canon Edward Monier Bickersteth, and his mother, Inez Katharine Jelf/Bickersteth,[3] was a friend of the actress Sybil Thorndike.[2] His uncle was Julian Bickersteth and his great-great-grandfather was Charles James Blomfield.

Educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, he was ordained in 1951 and began his career with a Curacy at St Matthew Moorfield's Bristol.[4] After a spell as Vicar of St Stephen's Church, Chatham he ascended to the Episcopate in 1970 as Suffragan Bishop of Warrington, and after five years was further promoted to Bath. From 1979 he was Clerk of the Closet for a decade. Bickersteth died in January 2018 at the age of 96.[5]


  • —; Dunning, Robert W. (1991). Clerks of the Closet in the Royal Household: Five Hundred Years of Service to the Crown. Stroud, Gloucestershire Wolfeboro Falls, NH: Alan Sutton Publishing. ISBN 978-0-86299-873-8. OCLC 28115550. Retrieved 30 April 2019.


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