Anglican Bishop of Southwark
Until 1877, Southwark had been part of the Diocese of Winchester when it was transferred to the Diocese of Rochester. In 1891, the Bishop of Rochester appointed the only Suffragan Bishop of Southwark, and an ancient parish church in Southwark was restored to become a pro-Cathedral in 1897, which later became Southwark Cathedral.
On the 1 May 1905, the Diocese of Southwark was created and covers Greater London south of the River Thames and east Surrey, broadly defined. The Bishop of Southwark is assisted by the suffragan bishops of Croydon, Kingston and Woolwich who each oversee an area of the diocese.
The current and previous bishops have been cited in canonical practice in its interpretation as "valid but irregular" of three ordinations of candidates ordained abroad, associated with a conservative evangelical church-forming group, the Anglican Mission in England, having expressed, in the church's view, extreme views on a complex subject.
When the post-holder ranks among the longest-serving 21 bishops heading a diocese, he or she will qualify for a place in the House of Lords, joining the other five who qualify ex officio, including the two archbishops.
List of the Bishops of Southwark
|Suffragan Bishop of Southwark|
|1891||1905||Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs||Translated to Worcester, and later to Coventry|
|In 1905, Southwark became a diocesan see|
|Diocesan Bishops of Southwark|
|1905||1911||Edward Talbot||Translated from Rochester, later moved to Winchester|
|1911||1919||Hubert Burge||Translated to Oxford|
|1919||1932||Cyril Garbett||Translated to Winchester, and later to York|
|1932||1942||Richard Parsons||Translated from Middleton, later moved to Hereford|
|1942||1959||Bertram Simpson||Translated from Kensington|
|1980||1991||Ronald Bowlby||Translated from Newcastle|
|1991||1998||Robert Williamson||Translated from Bradford|
|1998||2010||Tom Butler||Translated from Leicester|
|2011||present||Christopher Chessun||Translated from Woolwich|
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