Ronnie Bowlby

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Ronnie Bowlby
Bishop of Southwark
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Southwark
In office 14 December 1980–1991
Predecessor Mervyn Stockwood
Successor Roy Williamson
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Worcester[1] (1991–present)
Bishop of Newcastle
Consecration 6 January 1973
Personal details
Born (1926-08-16) 16 August 1926 (age 88)
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Ronald Oliver Bowlby (born 16 August 1926)[2] was the ninth Bishop of Newcastle [3] from 1973[4] until 1980, who was then translated to Southwark [5] where he served until his retirement eleven years later in 1991.

Bowlby was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford, his first post after ordination was as a curate at St Luke's, Pallion, Sunderland.[6] He was then Priest in charge of St Aidan, Billingham and Vicar of Croydon before his elevation to the Episcopate. Bowlby was nominated to Newcastle on 27 November 1972, consecrated 6 January 1973 and translated to Southwark on 14 December 1980.


  1. ^ Birmingham Post – Give us this day our new daily prayer
  2. ^ "Who's Who 1992 "(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  3. ^ "Debrett's People of Today 1992" (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  4. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Feb 07, 1973; pg. 18; Issue 58701; col A Court Circular
  5. ^ Stockwood successor is appointed The Times Wednesday, Jul 23, 1980; pg. 16; Issue 60684; col D
  6. ^ Crockford's clerical directory London, Church House 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X