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Bishop Richard Inwood RIP

With great sadness we have learnt of the death, on 14th April 2019, Palm Sunday, of the Rt Revd Richard Inwood. He was the Bishop of Bedford from 2003 to 2012.

Speaking about this news, the Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, said:

“Richard served as Bishop of Bedford for nine years before his retirement in 2012. He will be fondly remembered for his infectious faith, pastoral care and practical wisdom – as well as his abiding love of steam trains. Richard never forgot his formative roots as a parish priest and gave the highest priority to visiting the churches and schools in Bedfordshire. His work as Central Chaplain to the Mothers Union strengthened ministry among women both in the Diocese of  St Albans and nationally. We pray for Liz and his family as they give thanks for his life and witness and as they grieve his loss.”

Richard Inwood was ordained in 1974 and served his curacy in Sheffield Diocese. He then held posts in London, Bath and Yeovil during which he was a Prebendary of Wells Cathedral. He was made Archdeacon of Halifax in in 1995 and was consecrated in 2003.


Bishop Richard’s funeral will be on Friday 26 April at 2.30pm at St John’s Church, Walton-in-Chesterfield.

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Richard’s life in Christ Church, Bedford, on Thursday 9 May at 2.30pm.

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