David Wilcox (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
David Wilcox
Bishop of Dorking
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Guildford
In office 1986–1995
Predecessor Kenneth Evans
Successor Ian Brackley
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Diocese of Chichester (1995–present)
Ordination 1954 (deacon); 1955 (priest)
by Bertram Simpson
Consecration c. 1986
by Robert Runcie
Personal details
Born (1930-06-29) 29 June 1930 (age 87)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Pamela Hedges
Children 2 sons, 2 daughters
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford

David Peter Wilcox (born 29 June 1930) is a retired British Anglican bishop. He was the Bishop of Dorking, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Guildford.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Wilcox was educated at Northampton Grammar School and St John's College, Oxford. He married Pamela Hedges in 1956 and they had two sons and two daughters.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ordained a deacon on Trinity Sunday (13 June) 1954 by Bertram Simpson, Bishop of Southwark, in Southwark Cathedral[3] and a priest the following year, he began his career with a Curacy at St Helier, St Peter (Bishop Andrewes Church)[4] Hammersmith[5] in the Southwark Diocese and was then successively:[6] a Lecturer at Lincoln Theological College; a USPG Missionary in Bangalore; Vicar of Great Gransden; and Canon Residentiary of Derby Cathedral. From 1977 to 1985, he was concurrently Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and vicar of the Church of All Saints, Cuddesdon.

He was then appointed to the episcopate as Bishop suffragan of Dorking — a post he held from 1986 until 1995.[7] He was ordained and consecrated a bishop (thereby taking up his suffragan See) on 30 January 1986, by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral.[8] In retirement he continues to minister, as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Chichester.


  1. ^ "David Peter Wilcox"Paid subscription required. Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Wilcox, David Peter. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 7 April 2017.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  3. ^ "Trinity Ordinations (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#4767). 18 June 1954. p. 477. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Parish website
  5. ^ Crockford’s (Ibid)
  6. ^ Debrett’s People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debtrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  7. ^ Incident during his episcopate
  8. ^ "New bishops consecrated (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6416). 31 January 1986. p. 20. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 April 2017. (Subscription required (help)).