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 1952-1956.[6] Bowlby was nominated to Newcastle on 27 November 1972 and consecrated 6 January 1973. He translated to Southwark on 14 December 1980.

He is interesting in housing matters and served as President of the National Federation of Housing Associations from 1988 to 1984 and of the Churches' National Housing Coalition from 1991 to 1994. [7]

He married in 1956 Elizabeth Trevelyan Monro. The couple have three sons and two daughters. Since his retirement from his last bishopric he now lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.[8]


  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. ^ He was then Priest in charge of St Aidan, Billingham (1956-1966) and Vicar of Croydon (1966-1972) before his elevation to the Episcopate.Crockford's clerical directory London, Church House 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  7. ^ Who's Who, 2013. p. 247. ISBN 978-1-408-15491-5. 
  8. ^ Who's Who, 2013. Address given as 4 Uppington Avenue, Shrewsbury.