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Bishop of Manchester

The Bishop of Manchester is the Ordinary of the Church of England, Diocese of Manchester in the Province of York.

The current bishop is the Right Reverend David Walker the 12th Bishop of Manchester, who signs David Manchester.

The diocese of Manchester was founded in 1847. With the growth of the population in and around Manchester, the bishop appointed the first suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Hulne, in 1924 to assist in overseeing the diocese. Three years later a second was appointed, the Bishop of Middleton. After nearly sixty years, the third and final suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Bolton, was appointed in 1984. The suffragan Bishop of Hulme post is now in abeyance.



Bishop David Walker was enthroned as Bishop of Manchester at Manchester Cathedral on St Andrew's Day, 30 November 2013.

Born in 1957, David was educated at Manchester Grammar School and King's College, Cambridge. After a period of study at Queen's College, Birmingham he was ordained in 1983. His career began with a curacy at St Mary Handsworth, after which he was Team Vicar at Maltby, then Bramley before becoming Bishop of Dudley in 2000.

David is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Glyndwr University.  He has served on the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights panel for the College of Policing and until recently was on a similar body for the Homes and Communities Agency. He has particular experience in Social Housing, having served on the Board of the National Housing Federation from 1996 to 2002.

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