Alan Chesters

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Alan David Chesters CBE (born 26 August 1937) was the Bishop of Blackburn from 1989 to 2003. Chesters is the son of Herbert and Catherine Chesters, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. He was educated at Elland Grammar School, St Chad's College, Durham (BA 1959), St Catherine's Society, Oxford (BA 1961, MA(Oxon) 1965) and St Stephen's House, Oxford (1959–62). He was ordained deacon in 1962, priest in 1963 and bishop in 1989. Chesters served as assistant curate of St Anne's Wandsworth from 1962 to 1965. He then became chaplain of Tiffin School (1966–72), a post that he soon combined with that of honorary assistant curate of St Richard's Ham (1967–72). Returning to the north of England, where he was to spend the rest of his ministry, he became director of education for the Diocese of Durham and rector of Brancepeth (1972–85). He was an honorary canon of Durham Cathedral from 1975 until 1984. In 1985 he was appointed Archdeacon of Halifax in the Diocese of Wakefield. In 1989, The Queen appointed him Bishop of Blackburn on the advice of the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He took his seat in the House of Lords in 1995. He retired in 2003 and became an honorary assistant bishop in the  ( Wikipedia article )


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Durham University
St Catherine's College, Oxford
St Stephen's House, Oxford

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