The Bishop of Berwick is an episcopal title used by the suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Newcastle in the Province of York, England.[1]

The title was originally created in 1537 in the Diocese of Durham,[2] and takes its name from the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland. After the death of the only bishop in 1572, the title went into abeyance.[3]

From 1980 until 2016, the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle was an episcopal title used by the sole stipendiary assistant bishop (effectively suffragan bishop) of the Diocese of Newcastle.[4] The title took its name as the bishop who assists the diocesan Bishop of Newcastle.

On 28 November 2015, Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle (at the end of a vacancy in the See of Newcastle), presented a proposal to the Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Newcastle (within which diocese Berwick now lies) to revive the abeyant Suffragan See of Berwick.[5][6] The Dioceses Commission approved the petition to revive the See,[7] the post was advertised in April 2016, and the appointment of Mark Tanner, Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham, (part of St John's College, Durham) was announced on 1 September 2016;[1] Tanner was translated to Chester on 15 July 2020.[8][9]

On 20 October 2020, it was announced that the nomination of Mark Wroe, Archdeacon of Northumberland, as the third Bishop of Berwick had been approved by the Queen. He was consecrated at York Minster on 5 January 2021, with the service livestreamed due to strict restrictions on attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic .[10][11]

List of bishops

Bishops of Berwick
From Until Incumbent Notes
1537 1572 Thomas Sparke Consecrated on 9 December 1537; died in 1572.
1572 2016 in abeyance
Assistant Bishops of Newcastle
From Until Incumbent Notes
1980 1998[12] Ken Gill Formerly Bishop of the Central Karnataka Diocese of the Church of South India.[13] Appointed stipendiary Assistant Bishop of Newcastle in 1980.[14]
1998 2010 Paul Richardson Formerly Bishop of Wangaratta in the Anglican Church of Australia. Resigned and joined the Roman Catholic Church[15]
2010 2016 Frank White Formerly suffragan Bishop of Brixworth.[16]
Bishops of Berwick
1572 2016 in abeyance
2016 2020 Mark Tanner Consecrated on 18 October 2016;[1] translated to Chester 15 July 2020.[8]
2021 Incumbent Mark Wroe Consecrated on 5 January 2021.[11]

Other assistant bishops

Further information: Bishop of Newcastle (England) § Assistant bishops


  1. ^ a b c Diocese of Newcastle — Mark Tanner announced as new Suffragan Bishop of Berwick Archived 5 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 2 September 2016)
  2. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  3. ^ Handbook of British Chronology, page 287. Retrieved on 9 October 2008.
  4. ^ Anglican Communion — Newcastle
  5. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Agenda Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  6. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Suffragan See of Berwick Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  7. ^ Diocese of Newcastle — Frank White to retire in September Archived 13 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 28 April 2016)
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  9. ^ "The Bishop of Berwick, Rt Rev Mark Tanner, is leaving for pastures new". Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Consecration of the Bishop of Berwick – Tuesday 5 January 2021". The Archbishop of York. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Newcastle Diocese | New Bishop of Berwick consecrated at York Minster". Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  12. ^ Haydon News, April 1998 (p. 12)
  13. ^ "Archbishop of Canterbury Awards Lambeth Degrees". Official Archbishop of Canterbury website. 7 September 2004. Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  14. ^ Whitaker's Almanack (120th ed.). London: Whitaker and Sons Ltd. 1988. p. 488. ISBN 0-85021-178-6.
  15. ^ ""Church of England bishop converts to Rome" - Damian Thompson - Daily Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. 17 February 2010. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  16. ^ "Diocese of Newcastle — New Assistant Bishop of Newcastle announced". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  17. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third Edition, revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 287. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.