Ronald Bowlby

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The Right Reverend
Ronald Bowlby
Bishop of Southwark
Church Church of England
Diocese Anglican Diocese of Southwark
In office 14 December 1980–1991
Predecessor Mervyn Stockwood
Successor Roy Williamson
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Worcester[1] (1991–present)
Bishop of Newcastle
Consecration 6 January 1973
Personal details
Born (1926-08-16) 16 August 1926 (age 92)
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

Ronald Oliver Bowlby (born 16 August 1926), also known as Ronnie Bowlby, is a British Anglican bishop. He was the ninth Bishop of Newcastle from 1973 until 1980.[2][3] He was then translated to Southwark where he served until his retirement eleven years later in 1991.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Bowlby was born on 16 August 1926. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford.[5]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Bowlby's first post after ordination was as a curate at St Luke's, Pallion, Sunderland 1952-1956. He was then Priest in charge of St Aidan, Billingham (1956-1966) and Vicar of Croydon (1966-1972) before his elevation to the Episcopate.[6]

Bowlby was nominated to Newcastle on 27 November 1972 and consecrated 6 January 1973. He translated to Southwark on 14 December 1980. At the time of his move, he commented that his support of the ordination of women had not been popular in the North East.[7]

He retired in August 1991.[8]

His interest is in housing matters and he served as President of the National Federation of Housing Associations from 1984 to 1988 and of the Churches' National Housing Coalition from 1991 to 1994.[9]


In 1956 he married Elizabeth Trevelyan Monro. The couple have three sons and two daughters. Since his retirement from his last bishopric he now lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.[10]


  1. ^ Birmingham Post – Give us this day our new daily prayer
  2. ^ "Debrett's People of Today 1992" (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  3. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Feb 07, 1973; pg. 18; Issue 58701; col A Court Circular
  4. ^ Stockwood successor is appointed The Times Wednesday, Jul 23, 1980; pg. 16; Issue 60684; col D
  5. ^ "Who's Who 1992 "(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  6. ^ Crockford's clerical directory London, Church House 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  7. ^ "Bishop on the move". Daily Mail. 23 July 1980.
  8. ^ "Church news". The Times. 10 July 1991.
  9. ^ Who's Who, 2013. p. 247. ISBN 978-1-408-15491-5.
  10. ^ Who's Who, 2013.Address given as 4 Uppington Avenue, Shrewsbury.