John Leeke

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For those of a similar name, see John Leek (disambiguation) and John Leake (disambiguation).

John Cox Leeke (1843 – 28 November 1919) was an Anglican bishop, the inaugural Bishop of Woolwich from 1905 to 1918.

The son of William Leeke, perpetual curate at Holbrook, Derbyshire, Leeke was born there in 1843.[1] He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and ordained in 1867.[2] He began his career with a curacy at Wanstead after which he was appointed Rector of Kidbrook. Appointed Rural Dean of Woolwich in 1892 and then an Honorary Canon of Rochester Cathedral in 1900,[3] he was one of three Suffragans appointed in 1905 to assist the Bishop of Southwark.[4] He married the daughter of John Meynell, of Meynell Langley.[5]

"An earnest and faithful worker, kind and sympathetic",[5] he died on 28 November 1919, leaving two sons and one daughter.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Leeke, John Cox (LK860JC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, January 26, 1900; pg. 9; Issue 36049; col G Ecclesiastical Intelligence- New Canon of Rochester Cathedral
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27801. p. 4030. 6 June 1905. Retrieved 2008-09-15. The others appointed were Henry Horace Pereira and Cecil Hook
  5. ^ a b Bishop Leeke- Obituary The Times Saturday, Nov 29, 1919; pg. 16; Issue 42270; col G
Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Woolwich
Succeeded by
William Hough