Newspapers and journals: Appointment of Dr M H Maxwell-Gumbleton as Bishop
A new suffragan Bishopric
Dunwich see revived
The King has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Right Reverend Maxwell Homfray Mawell-Gumbleton, DD, Assistant Bishop in teh St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese and Archdeacon of Sudbury, to the newly constituted Suffragan Bishopric of Dunwich.
The Bishopric of Dunwich has been consituted under a recent Order in Council under the Act which enables the King to direct that additional towns shall be "taken and accepted for sees of Bishops Suffragans." The choice of Dunwich as the see of the new Bishopric recalls the fact that many centuries ago this little village, four miles south-west of Southwold, which to-day has a population of 200 or fewer, was not only the chielf port on the Suffolk coast, but had important ecclesiastical associations. It contained many monastic houses, hospitals, and churches—now long since swallowed up by the sea—and it was at Dunwich that Felix of Burgundy established his see (the predecessor of the see of Norwich) 13 centuries ago. All that now remains of the old religious houses are a few ivy-coloured walls of the Franciscan priory on the edge of the cliff, to which about this time of the year Roman Catholics make a pilgrimage in honour of the founder of the old East Anglian see.
Dr maxwell-Gumbleton, who is 62 years of age, has been Assistant Bishop in the diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich for the last three years. Educated at Repton and Peterhouse, Cambridge, he was curate of Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, three years, and then, from 1898 to 1916, held in turn the Wiltshire benefices of Colerne, Chippenham, and Hardenhuish. In 1917 he was consecrated Bishop of Ballarat. He occupied the see for 10 years, and on his return to England became Commissary for the diocese.
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Dr M H Maxwell-Gumbleton, who has been appointed to the newly constituted Suffragan Bishopric of Dunwich.
The Times Archive
22 Aug 1934
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