Bob Hardy (bishop)

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Bob Hardy
Bishop of Lincoln
Diocese Diocese of Lincoln
In office 1987–2002
Predecessor Simon Phipps
Successor John Saxbee
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Carlisle (2002–present)
Bishop to HM Prisons (1985–2001)
Bishop of Maidstone (1980–1987)
Ordination 1962 (deacon)
1963 (priest)
Consecration 1980
Personal details
Born (1936-10-05) 5 October 1936 (age 80)
Denomination Anglican
Parents Harold & Monica
Spouse Isobel Burch (m. 1970)
Children 2 sons; 1 daughter
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge

Robert Maynard "Bob" Hardy CBE[1][2] (born 5 October 1936) is a retired Anglican bishop in the Church of England.

Early life[edit]

Hardy was born on 5 October 1936. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield[3] and Clare College, Cambridge.


Hardy was ordained in 1963. His first position was at All Saints and Martyrs' Church, Langley, Manchester,[4] after which he became a chaplain and fellow) of Selwyn College, Cambridge.[5] Following this he was appointed Vicar of Borehamwood then Director of the St Albans Diocese Ministerial Training Scheme. In 1980 he was ordained to the episcopate as the Bishop of Maidstone.[6] In 1987 he was translated to be the Bishop of Lincoln.[7]

Later life[edit]

In retirement, he continues to serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Carlisle.

On 16 June 2001, as part of that year's Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to the Church of England, and to Prisoners".[8]


  1. ^ BBC reports award
  2. ^ The Independent – Blue murder in the cathedral: At Lincoln... (Accessed 11 November 2013)
  3. ^ Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008) ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Church details Archived 11 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Crockford's clerical directory 2008 London, Church House 2007 ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  6. ^ The Times, 4 September 1980; p. 2; Issue 60715; col D, "New Bishop of Maidstone"
  7. ^ Debrett's, People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debtrett's), ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  8. ^ "No. 56237". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2001. pp. 7–8. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Third
Bishop of Maidstone
Succeeded by
David Smith
Preceded by
Br Michael (Fisher)
Bishop to HM Prisons
Succeeded by
Peter Selby
Preceded by
Simon Phipps
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
John Saxbee