Tameside and Glossop Connection for the First Woman Bishop

We would not be the first to observe that what Manchester does the world then follows. Ernest Rutherford, the pioneer of nuclear physics, did his most famous work at Manchester University. Alan Turing helped save the civilised world with his code-breaking work before heading north to co-invent the computer at the same esteemed establishment. Revolutionary thinker and suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst, was born a mile or two away in Moss Side. We could go on. It seems fitting then that the Church of England’s first female bishop will be based in Greater Manchester.

Reverend Libby Lane has been appointed Bishop of Stockport, putting an end to centuries of male exclusivity in that role. Bishop Lane was born in Glossop and the area under her jurisdiction includes Tameside towns Stalybridge, Hyde and Dukinfield, as well as the Altrincham, Wilmslow, Sandbach, Knutsford and Nantwich areas of central/east Cheshire. Her previous role was as vicar of St Peters in Hale, Cheshire, within the Diocese of Chester.

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