Colin Docker

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The Right Reverend
Colin Docker
Bishop of Horsham
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Chichester
In office 1975–1991
Area bishop: 1984–1991
Predecessor Simon Phipps
Successor John Hind
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Exeter (1991–present)
Ordination c. 1949 (deacon); c. 1950
Consecration 1975
Personal details
Born (1925-12-03)3 December 1925
Died 4 November 2014(2014-11-04) (aged 88)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Philip Docker & Doris Whitehill
Spouse Thelma Upton (m. 1950)
Children 1 son; 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Birmingham

Ivor Colin Docker (known as Colin;[1][2] 3 December 1925 – 4 November 2014) was the 2nd Anglican Bishop of Horsham from 1975[3] until 1991 and the first area bishop from the area scheme's institution in 1984.[4]

Educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, Birmingham University (whence he gained a Master of Arts {MA}) and St Catherine's Society, Oxford,[5] he studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a Curacy in Normanton, Yorkshire.[6] From 1954 he was Area Secretary of the CMS[7] and, after spells as Vicar of Midhurst and Seaford he was appointed Rural Dean of Eastbourne in 1971. Four years later he was elevated to the Episcopate. A keen photographer, he retired to Bovey Tracey in 1991, where he continued to serve the church as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Exeter.


  1. ^ The Bells & Bell Ringers of St Margaret's Church, Angmering
  2. ^ Diocese of Port Moresby — Bishop's News (Jan 2003)
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday, 1 February 1975; p. 16; Issue 59309; col B Archbishop Coggan’s first consecration
  4. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ ‘DOCKER, Rt Rev. Ivor Colin’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 5 July 2012
  6. ^ Debrett's Distinguished People of Today: 1990, London, Debrett's ISBN 1-870520-03-3
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Simon Phipps
Bishop of Horsham
Succeeded by
John Hind