Dick Darby

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Memorial in Southwell Minster

Harold Richard "Dick" Darby (28 February 1919[1] – 26 December 1993) was the Bishop of Sherwood — a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southwell — from 1975 until 1988.

He was educated at Durham University, ordained in 1951 and began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Leyton and Harlow.[2] Following these he was Vicar of Shrub End Colchester[3] and then Waltham Abbey before being appointed Dean of Battle (the vicar of Battle is called the Dean) in 1970, a post he held until his ordination to the episcopate on 24 June 1975 by Stuart Blanch, Archbishop of York, at York Minster.[4] An honorary doctor of Nottingham University,[5] he retired in December 1988[6] and died on Boxing Day 1993.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ Church history
  4. ^ "New suffragans consecrated (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5863). 27 June 1975. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ List of awards
  6. ^ "Diocese's farewell to bishop Dick Darby (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6567). 23 December 1988. p. 2. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Kenneth Thompson
Bishop of Sherwood
Succeeded by
Alan Morgan