Bishop of Woolwich

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The Bishop of Woolwich is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Southwark, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1][2]

The title takes its name after Woolwich, a suburb of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Two of the best known former bishops are John A. T. Robinson, who was a major figure in Liberal Christianity, and David Sheppard, the former Sussex and England cricketer who went on to become the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool. The bishops suffragan of Woolwich have been area bishops since the Southwark area scheme was founded in 1991.[3]

The see is currently vacant following the confirmation of Michael Ipgrave's election as Bishop of Lichfield on 10 June 2016.[4]

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Woolwich
From Until Incumbent Notes
1905 1918 John Leeke
1918 1932 William Hough
1932 1936 Arthur Preston
1936 1947 Leslie Lang
1947 1959 Robert Stannard
1959 1969 John Robinson
1969 1975 David Sheppard Translated to Liverpool
1975 1984 Michael Marshall
1984 1996 Peter Hall Formerly Rector of St Martin in the Bull Ring; first area bishop from 1991
1996 2005 Colin Buchanan Formerly Bishop of Aston
2005 2011 Christopher Chessun Translated to Southwark
2012 2016 Michael Ipgrave Nominated on 3 February 2012[5] and consecrated on 21 March 2012;[6] translated to Lichfield 10 June 2016.[4]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ Diocesan web site
  3. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b OurCofE twitter (Accessed 11 June 2016)
  5. ^ "Two new Area Bishops for Southwark Diocese" (Press release). Diocese of Southwark. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Episcopal Team completed in Southwark Diocese" (Press release). Diocese of Southwark. 21 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 

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