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Stephen Verney

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The Rt Rev Stephen Edmund Verney MBE 17 April 1919 – 9 November 2009 was the second Bishop of Repton from 1977 to 1985; and from then on an Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Oxford The son of Sir Harry Verney, 4th Baronet, he was born on 17 April 1919 and educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford In 1947 he married Priscilla Schwerdt and in 1950 was ordained an Anglican Priest He began his career with a curacy at Gedling after which he was: Priest in charge of St Francis Clifton, Nottingham; Vicar of Leamington Hastings ; Diocesan Missioner for the Diocese of Coventry then finally, before his elevation to the Episcopate, a Canon Residentiary at Windsor His first wife died in 1974 and seven years later became the first Bishop to marry a divorced woman After 8 years as the Derby Suffragan he retired to Blewbury in 1985


  • Water into Wine London: Fount Paperbacks, 1985


  1. ^ Daily Telegraph Obituary p 37 Issue no 48,039 dated 13 November 2009
  2. ^ Derby Bishops Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 15 Oct 1947; pg 7; Issue 50892; col C Marriages Mr SE Verney and Miss PAS Schwerdt
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  6. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 10 Jun 1981; pg 5; Issue 60950; col G Bishop and divorcee marry

External links

  • Stephen Edmund Verney's obituary
  • The Right Rev Stephen Verney obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Warren Hunt
Bishop of Repton
1977 – 1985
Succeeded by
Francis Henry Arthur Richmond

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