Robert Deakin

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Thomas Carlyle Joseph Robert Hamish Deakin, known as Robert Deakin (1917–1985), was the Anglican Bishop of Tewkesbury from 1973 until his death in 1985.

He was born in the village of Parkend in The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire,[1] the son of Thomas Carlyle Deakin and Harriet Herries Deakin. His grandfather and his father had both been J.P.s and, at different times, managers of Parkend Colliery. When the mine closed, in 1944, his father trained to become an Anglican priest, eventually becoming rector of St Giles in Uley and Holy Cross in Owlpen, Gloucestershire.[2][3]

Deakin was educated at Oxford and Wells Theological College before embarking on a curacy at Stroud, Gloucestershire (during which time he married Marion Dyer), the incumbency at Holy Trinity in Drybrook[4] then St Mary's Charlton Kings[5] and the Rural Deanship of Cheltenham in 1949[6] until his elevation to suffragan bishop of Tewkesbury in 1973.[7] He died on 3 August 1985 [8]


  1. ^ Ralph, Anstis. The Story of Parkend, 1998, p55
  2. ^ The New Regard, Alden Press, 2006, ISSN 0950-8236. p13
  3. ^ Who's Who 1970 London, A & C Black, 1971 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  4. ^ Holy Trinity Church website
  5. ^
  6. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  7. ^ The Times, Friday, Nov 02, 1973; pg. 19; Issue 58929; col B Inauguration of three new bishops
  8. ^ The Times, Monday, Aug 05, 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62208; col H Right Rev Robert Deakin Category: Obituaries

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Forbes Trevor Horan
Bishop of Tewkesbury
1973 – 1985
Succeeded by
Jeremy Walsh