Bertram Simpson (bishop)

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Dr. Bertram Fitzgerald Simpson (25 Sep 1883 - 16 July 1971) was a prominent Anglican cleric who served over half a century in the Diocese of London as Suffragan Bishop of Kensington (1932 to 1942) and later as Diocesan Bishop of Southwark (1942 to 1959).

Born on 25 September 1883, Simpson was educated at the University of Durham. Ordained in 1908 his first post was at St Anne's, Soho, London. After service during World War I as a Chaplain to the forces,[1] he was vicar at St Peter’s, West Harrow, and then Rural Dean of Hackney before elevation to the episcopate: firstly as Bishop of Kensington; and then, after a decade, Southwark,[2] where he served for a further 17 years. After 12 years of retirement he died on 16 July 1971.[3]


  1. ^ Who's Who 1970 London, A & C Black, 1970 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  2. ^ The Times, Thursday, 4 Dec 1941; pg. 7; Issue 49100; col D Ecclesiastical News New Bishop Of Southwark
  3. ^ The Times, Thursday, 29 Jul 1971; pg. 20; Issue 58236; col A Memorial Service for Bishop Simpson
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Maud
Bishop of Kensington
1932 – 1942
Succeeded by
Henry Montgomery Campbell
Preceded by
Richard Parsons
Bishop of Southwark
1942 – 1959
Succeeded by
Mervyn Stockwood