Bishop of Berwick

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The Bishop of Berwick is an episcopal title used by the suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle in the Province of York, England.[1]

The title was originally created in 1537 in the Diocese of Durham,[2] and takes its name from the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland. After the death of the only bishop in 1572, the title went into abeyance.[3]

From 1980 until 2016, the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle was an episcopal title used by the sole stipendiary assistant bishop (effectively suffragan bishop) of the Diocese of Newcastle.[4] The title took its name as the bishop who assists the diocesan Bishop of Newcastle.

On 28 November 2015, Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle (at the end of a vacancy in the See of Newcastle), presented a proposal to the Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Newcastle (within which diocese Berwick now lies) to revive the abeyant Suffragan See of Berwick.[5][6] The Dioceses Commission approved the petition to revive the See,[7] the post was advertised in April 2016, and the appointment of Mark Tanner, Warden of Cranmer Hall, (part of St John's College, Durham) was announced on 1 September 2016.[1]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Berwick
From Until Incumbent Notes
1537 1572 Thomas Sparke Consecrated on 9 December 1537; died in 1572.
1572 2016 in abeyance
Assistant Bishops of Newcastle
From Until Incumbent Notes
1980 1998[8] Ken Gill Formerly Bishop of the Central Karnataka Diocese of the Church of South India.[9] Appointed stipendiary Assistant Bishop of Newcastle in 1980.[10]
1998 2010 Paul Richardson Formerly Bishop of Wangaratta in the Anglican Church of Australia. Resigned and joined the Roman Catholic Church[11]
2010 2016 Frank White Formerly suffragan Bishop of Brixworth.[12]
Bishops of Berwick
1572 2016 in abeyance
2016 present Mark Tanner Consecrated 18 October 2016.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Diocese of Newcastle — Mark Tanner announced as new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick (Accessed 2 September 2016)
  2. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  3. ^ Handbook of British Chronology, page 287. Retrieved on 9 October 2008.
  4. ^ Anglican Communion — Newcastle
  5. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Agenda (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  6. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Suffragan See of Berwick (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  7. ^ Diocese of Newcastle — Frank White to retire in September (Accessed 28 April 2016)
  8. ^ Haydon News, April 1998 (p. 12)
  9. ^ "Archbishop of Canterbury Awards Lambeth Degrees". Official Archbishop of Canterbury website. 7 September 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Whittaker's Almanack (120th ed.). London: Whitaker and Sons Ltd. 1988. p. 488. ISBN 0-85021-178-6. 
  11. ^ ""Church of England bishop converts to Rome" - Damian Thompson - Daily Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Diocese of Newcastle — New Assistant Bishop of Newcastle announced
  13. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 287. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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