Bishop of Barking

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The Bishop of Barking is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford, in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The current bishop is the Rt Revd David Hawkins, former Rector of St George's Church in Leeds. He was consecrated as a bishop on 17 October 2002 and began his public ministry as the Bishop of Barking in January 2003.

The Barking area comprises the east London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, together with the Epping Forest and Harlow districts of west Essex. The population is 1.3 million and includes a wide mix of ethnicity and culture. The area comprises 166 churches, 60 of which are set in urban priority area parishes. The Barking area also includes the main site for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[2] Initially, the see was suffragan to the Bishop of St Albans – the Diocese of Chelmsford was not created until 1914.[3] The bishops suffragan of Barking have been area bishops since the Chelmsford area scheme was erected in 1983.[4]

It was announced on 2 May 2014 that Peter Hill, Archdeacon of Nottingham is to be consecrated area Bishop of Barking on 25 July 2014.[5]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Barking
From Until Incumbent Notes
1901 1919 Thomas Stevens (1841–1920). Also Archdeacon of Essex (1895–1920).
1919 1948 James Inskip (1868–1949). Also Archdeacon of Essex (1920–1922); Archdeacon of West Ham (1922–1948).
1948 1959 Hugh Gough (1905–1997). Also Archdeacon of West Ham (1948–1958); translated to Sydney.
1959 1975 William Chadwick (1905–1991)
1975 1983 James Adams (1915–1999)
1983 1990 James Roxburgh (1921–2007) First area bishop.
1991 2002 Roger Sainsbury (b. 1936)
2002 30 March 2014 David Hawkins (b. 1949)
2014 onwards bishop-designate Peter Hill' Currently Archdeacon of Nottingham.[5]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ Church of England, Essex & East London
  3. ^ Canvey Island Archive – St Anne's 1910-2010
  4. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002". Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – Archdeacon of Nottingham to become Bishop (Accessed 2 May 2014)

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