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The Bishop of Swindon is an episcopal
Episcopal polity
Episcopal polity is a form of church governance that is hierarchical in structure with the chief authority over a local Christian church resting in a bishop...

 title used by a suffragan bishop
Suffragan bishop
A suffragan bishop is a bishop subordinate to a metropolitan bishop or diocesan bishop. He or she may be assigned to an area which does not have a cathedral of its own.-Anglican Communion:...

 of the Church of England
Church of England
The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St...

 Diocese of Bristol
Diocese of Bristol
The Diocese of Bristol is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury, England. It is based in the city of Bristol and covers South Gloucestershire and parts of north Wiltshire to Swindon...

, in the Province of Canterbury
Province of Canterbury
The Province of Canterbury, also called the Southern Province, is one of two ecclesiastical provinces making up the Church of England...

, England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

. The title takes its name after the town of Swindon
Swindon is a large town within the borough of Swindon and ceremonial county of Wiltshire, in South West England. It is midway between Bristol, west and Reading, east. London is east...

 in Wiltshire
Wiltshire is a ceremonial county in South West England. It is landlocked and borders the counties of Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It contains the unitary authority of Swindon and covers...


List of the Bishops of Swindon

No. Incumbent From Until Notes
The title had changed its name from Bishop of Malmesbury
Bishop of Malmesbury
The Bishop of Malmesbury was an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Bristol, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title took its name after the town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire. In 1994, the suffragan title changed its name to become the Bishop of...

 in 1994
1 Michael Doe
Michael Doe
The Rt Rev.Michael David Doe is the former Bishop of Swindon. He was born on Christmas Eve 1947 and educated at Durham University. After a period of study at Ripon College Cuddesdon he was ordained in 1973. His career began with a curacy in St Helier after which he was Youth Secretary of Churches...

1994 2005
2 Dr Lee Rayfield
Lee Rayfield
Lee Stephen Rayfield is the current Bishop of Swindon. He was educated at the University of Southampton. After a period as a Lecturer in Immunology at the University of London and of study at Ridley Hall, Cambridge he was ordained a priest in 1994...

2005 present

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