- Bishop of Winchester
The Bishop of Winchester is the head of the
Church of England diocese of Winchester, with his cathedraat Winchester Cathedralin Hampshire.
The bishop is one of five Church of England bishops to be a
Lord Spiritualregardless of their length of service. His dioceseis one of the oldest and most important in England. Originally it was the see of the kingdom of Wessex, with the cathedraat Dorchester Cathedral under Saints Birinusand Agilbert. It was transferred to Winchesterin 660. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the wealthiest English sees, and its bishops have included a number of politically prominent Englishmen, notably the 9th century Saint Swithun. The official residence of the Bishop of Winchester is Wolvesey Palace in Winchester. Other traditional homes included Farnham Castleand their London residence at Winchester Palacein Southwark, Surrey(now London).
The current Bishop is
Michael Scott-Joynt, who was formerly the Suffragan Bishop of Stafford, and was enthroned in Winchester Cathedral in 1995. He signs 'Michael Winton:'
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