Bishop of Barking

The Bishop of Barking is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford, in the Province of Canterbury.[1]

The current bishop is Peter Hill, former Archdeacon of Nottingham. He was consecrated as a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 25 July 2014 and began his public ministry as the Bishop of Barking in autumn 2014.[2]

The Barking area comprises the east London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, together with the Epping Forest and Harlow districts of west Essex. The population is 1.3 million and includes a wide mix of ethnicity and culture. The area comprises 166 churches, 60 of which are set in urban priority area parishes. The Barking area also includes the main site for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[3] Initially, the see was suffragan to the Bishop of St Albans – the Diocese of Chelmsford was not created until 1914.[4] The bishops suffragan of Barking have been area bishops since the Chelmsford area scheme was erected in 1983.[5]

List of bishops

Bishops of Barking
From Until Incumbent Notes
1901 1919 Thomas Stevens (1841–1920). Also Archdeacon of Essex (1895–1920).
1919 1948 James Inskip (1868–1949). Also Archdeacon of Essex (1920–1922); Archdeacon of West Ham (1922–1948).
1948 1959 Hugh Gough (1905–1997). Also Archdeacon of West Ham (1948–1958); translated to Sydney.
1959 1975 William Chadwick (1905–1991)
1975 1983 James Adams (1915–1999)
1983 1990 James Roxburgh (1921–2007) First area bishop.
1991 2002 Roger Sainsbury (b. 1936)
2002 30 March 2014 David Hawkins (b. 1949)
25 July 2014 present Peter Hill Previously Archdeacon of Nottingham.[2]


  1. 1 2 Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. 1 2 Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham – Archdeacon of Nottingham to become Bishop (Accessed 2 May 2014)
  3. Church of England, Essex & East London
  4. Canvey Island Archive – St Anne's 1910-2010
  5. "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.

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