James Adams (bishop of Barking)

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Albert James Adams (9 November 1915 – 11 May 1999) was an Anglican bishop. He was the fifth Bishop of Barking — a suffragan bishop in the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford — from 1975 to 1983.[1][2]

Adams was educated at Brentwood School and King's College London.[3] His first ordained ministry position was as a curate in Walkley.[4] He was then successively succentor, then precentor, of Sheffield Cathedral; Rector of Bermondsey; Rural Dean of Redbridge;[5] and Archdeacon of West Ham (1970–1975) before being ordained to the episcopate on 24 June 1975 by Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral.[6] He retired on 30 April 1983.[7]


  1. ^ Church news: Two new bishops suffragan named, The Times, 5 March 1975; p16; Issue 59336; col C
  2. ^ The Times, 9 February 1983; p12; Issue 61452; col C, Bishop Adams resigns
  3. ^ Independent Obituary
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  6. ^ "New suffragans consecrated (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5863). 27 June 1975. p. 3. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "New Bishop of Barking (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6261). 11 February 1983. p. 24. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 9 March 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Chadwick
Bishop of Barking
Succeeded by
James Roxburgh