Simon Barrington-Ward

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Simon Barrington-Ward
KCMG MA(Cantab)
Bishop of Coventry
A smiling, bespectacled old man in a red chasuble and gold mitre, holding a crozier and standing on the lawn in front of a large red-brick building.
Barrington-Ward at Magdalene College, Cambridge, October 2011
DioceseDiocese of Coventry
In office1985–1997
PredecessorJohn Gibbs
SuccessorColin Bennetts
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in Ely
Consecrationc. 1985
Personal details
Born (1930-05-27) 27 May 1930 (age 88)
ParentsRobert Barrington-Ward & Margaret Adele Barrington-Ward
SpouseJean Caverhill Taylor (m. 1963)
ProfessionRAF officer; theologian
Alma materMagdalene College, Cambridge

Simon Barrington-Ward KCMG (born 27 May 1930[1]) is a Church of England bishop.

Barrington-Ward is the son of Robert Barrington-Ward, who served as editor of The Times, and Margaret Adele Barrington-Ward. He was educated at Eton College[2] and Magdalene College, Cambridge, from which he graduated Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts. After service as a Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force, he taught at theological colleges before being ordained.[3]

He was the General Secretary of Church Missionary Society (CMS) from 1975 to 1985.[1] From 1985 to 1997, he served as the seventh Bishop of Coventry.[4]

Barrington-Ward is now a bishop with pastoral care of the University of Cambridge, an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Ely, honorary assistant chaplain of Magdalene College where he has been an honorary fellow since 1987,[5] and a chaplain to the staff of Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

In the New Year Honours 2001 (published at the end of 2000) he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, having served as the Prelate of that Order. Following the custom for clergy in the Church of England, he does not use the title of "Sir".


  1. ^ a b "Barrington-Ward, Rt Rev. Simon". Who's Who. 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  2. ^ Who's Who. London: A & C Black. 1992. ISBN 0-7136-3514-2.
  3. ^ Crockford's clerical directory. London: Church House Publishing. 1995. ISBN 0-7151-8088-6.
  4. ^ Ellis, P, ed. (1992). Debrett's People of Today. London: Debrett's. p. 1621. ISBN 1-870520-09-2.
  5. ^ "Fellows of the Colleges: Magdalene". Cambridge University Reporter. CXXXVII (Special No 3). 5 October 2006.
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Gibbs
Bishop of Coventry
Succeeded by
Colin Bennetts