Colin Docker

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The Rt Revd
Colin Docker
Bishop of Horsham
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
In office 1975–1991
Predecessor Simon Phipps
Successor John Hind
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Exeter (1991–present)
Ordination c. 1949 (deacon); c. 1950
Consecration 1975
Personal details
Born (1925-12-03) 3 December 1925 (age 88)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Col Philip Docker OBE TD DL & Doris Whitehill
Spouse Thelma Upton (m. 1950)
Children 1 son; 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Birmingham

Ivor Colin Docker (known as Colin;[1][2] born 3 December 1925) was the 2nd Anglican Bishop of Horsham from 1975[3] until 1991.

Educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, Birmingham University and St Catherine's Society, Oxford,[4] he studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a Curacy in Normanton, Yorkshire.[5] From 1954 he was Area Secretary of the CMS[6] and, after spells as Vicar of Midhurst and Seaford he was appointed Rural Dean of Eastbourne in 1971. Four years later he was elevated to the Episcopate. A keen photographer, he retired to Bovey Tracey in 1991, where he continues to serve the church as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Exeter.


  1. ^ The Bells & Bell Ringers of St Margaret's Church, Angmering
  2. ^ Diocese of Port Moresby — Bishop's News (Jan 2003)
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday, 1 February 1975; p. 16; Issue 59309; col B Archbishop Coggan’s first consecration
  4. ^ ‘DOCKER, Rt Rev. Ivor Colin’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 5 July 2012
  5. ^ Debrett's Distinguished People of Today: 1990, London, Debrett's ISBN 1-870520-03-3
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Simon Phipps
Bishop of Horsham
Succeeded by
John Hind