Bishop of Sherborne

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This article is about the modern suffragan bishops. For the ancient diocesan bishops, see Bishop of Salisbury.

The Bishop of Sherborne is an episcopal title which takes its name after the market town of Sherborne in Dorset, England. The title was first used by the Anglo-Saxons between the 8th and 11th centuries. It is now used by the Church of England for a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury.

In 1925, the title Bishop of Sherborne was revived by the Church of England as a suffragan bishopric in the Diocese of Salisbury. From 1981 to 2009, the suffragan Bishop of Sherborne was responsible as area bishop for those parishes in Dorset and Devon belonging to the diocese.[1][2] Since 2009, the suffragan Bishop of Sherborne, along with the suffragan Bishop of Ramsbury, assists the diocesan Bishop of Salisbury in overseeing the whole of the diocese.[1]

The post became vacant in 2015 on the resignation of Graham Kings, who had been consecrated in a special service at Westminster Abbey on 24 June 2009 by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.[3][4]

Bishops of Sherborne
From Until Incumbent Notes
1925 1927 Robert Abbott
1928 1936 Gerald Allen Translated to Dorchester.
1936 1947 Harold Rodgers
1947 1960 Maurice Key Translated to Truro.
1960 1976 Victor Pike
1976 2001 John Kirkham First area bishop from 1981; also Bishop to the Forces (1992–2001).
2001 2009 Tim Thornton Translated to Truro.
2009 15 July 2015 Graham Kings Last area bishop (until end 2009). Became Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion.[5]
2016 present Karen Gorham Consecrated 24 February 2016.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Bishops". Diocese of Salisbury. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Salisbury Diocesan Synod minutes – 99th session, 7 November 2009 p. 3 (Accessed 23 April 2014)
  3. ^ "Biography of the Bishop of Sherborne". Diocese of Salisbury. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Consecration of The Bishop of Sherborne". Westminster Abbey. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Twitter — Graham Kings (Accessed 3 July 2015)
  6. ^ Diocese of Salisbury — Karen Gorham to be New Bishop of Sherborne (Accessed 26 November 2015)
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.