Bishop of Horsham

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The Bishop of Horsham is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The title takes its name after the market town of Horsham in West Sussex.

Horsham was one of the thirteen new post-English Reformation reformation bishoprics and dioceses proposed by King Henry VIII in an ecclesiastical revision proposal written in the king's own handwriting.[2] The subsequent reallocation of former monastic incomes allowed for the eventual creation of only six of these thirteen dioceses. Nonetheless, an area of west Horsham became known as a 'Bishopric'. When new sees (both suffragan and diocesan) were established by the Church of England in the 20th century, the proposed Tudor dioceses which had not come into being were considered as episcopal titles. Horsham was one of those chosen (as was Leicester).

The current Bishop is the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, who was consecrated a bishop on 25 July 2009 in Chichester Cathedral in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The bishops suffragan of Horsham were area bishops since the Chichester area scheme was erected in 1984 until 2013.[3]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Horsham
From Until Incumbent Notes
1968 1974 Simon Phipps Translated to Lincoln
1975 1991 Colin Docker First area bishop from 1984.
1991 1993 John Hind Translated to Gibraltar in Europe, and later to Chichester
1993 2009 Lindsay Urwin OGS Resigned as bishop on 28 February 2009; Administrator of the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham since February 2009
2009 present Mark Sowerby Nominated on 19 June 2009,[4] consecrated on 25 July 2009. Last area bishop until 2013.
Source(s): [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ Scroll to reference 106 of this document
  3. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002". Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Suffragan See of Horsham". Number10. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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