Rt Revd Peter Hancock Bishop of Bath and Wells


The Rt Revd Peter Hancock lives in The Bishop’s Palace as his predecessors have done for the last 800 years.

Bishop Peter read Natural Sciences at Selwyn College, Cambridge and then studied for ordained ministry at Oak Hill Theological College. He served his first curacy at Portsdown in Portsmouth Diocese from 1980 to 1983. Previous roles include Honorary Canon of Portsmouth Cathedral, Archdeacon of Meon in the Diocese of Portsmouth and Diocesan Director of Mission.

From 2010 he was the Suffragan Bishop of Basingstoke before becoming Bishop of Bath and Wells and trustee of The Palace Trust in 2014.

Bishop Peter has a passion for the countryside and he and his wife, Jane, can often be found out and about in Wells and the Mendip hills walking their Golden Retriever, Juno.