Bishop of Horsham
The Bishop of Horsham is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop (area bishop from 1984 to 2013) of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title takes its name after the market town of Horsham in West Sussex.
Horsham was one of the thirteen new post-English Reformation reformation bishoprics and dioceses proposed by King Henry VIII in an ecclesiastical revision proposal written in the king's own handwriting. The subsequent reallocation of former monastic incomes allowed for the eventual creation of only six of these thirteen dioceses. Nonetheless, an area of west Horsham became known as a 'Bishopric'. When new sees (both suffragan and diocesan) were established by the Church of England in the 20th century, the proposed Tudor dioceses which had not come into being were considered as episcopal titles. Horsham was one of those chosen (as was Leicester).
The current bishop is Mark Sowerby, who was consecrated a bishop on 25 July 2009 in Chichester Cathedral in a ceremony led by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. The bishops suffragan of Horsham were area bishops from when the Chichester area scheme was erected in 1984 until it was ended in 2013.
List of bishops
|Bishops of Horsham|
|1968||1974||Simon Phipps||Translated to Lincoln|
|1975||1991||Colin Docker||First area bishop from 1984|
|1991||1993||John Hind||Translated to Gibraltar in Europe, and later to Chichester|
|1993||2009||Lindsay Urwin OGS||Resigned as bishop on 28 February 2009; Administrator of the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham since February 2009 until his resignation in 2015.|
|2009||present||Mark Sowerby||Nominated on 19 June 2009, consecrated on 25 July 2009; last area bishop until 2013|
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- Scroll to reference 106 of this document
- "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Former Bishop of Horsham to leave Walsingham", Diocese of Chichester, 12 April 2015.
- "Suffragan See of Horsham". Number10. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
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