The Bishop of Horsham is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop (area bishop from 1984 to 2013) of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The title takes its name after the market town of Horsham in West Sussex.

Horsham was one of the thirteen new post-English Reformation bishoprics and dioceses proposed by King Henry VIII in an ecclesiastical revision proposal written in the king's own handwriting.[2] The subsequent reallocation of former monastic incomes allowed for the eventual creation of only six of these thirteen dioceses. Nonetheless, an area of west Horsham became known as a 'Bishopric'. When new sees (both suffragan and diocesan) were established by the Church of England in the 20th century, the proposed Tudor dioceses which had not come into being were considered as episcopal titles. Horsham was one of those chosen (as was Leicester).

The current bishop is Ruth Bushyager.[3] The bishops suffragan of Horsham were area bishops from when the Chichester area scheme was erected in 1984 until it was ended in 2013.[4] The bishop oversees the archdeaconries of Chichester & Horsham.

List of bishops

Bishops of Horsham
From Until Incumbent Notes
1968 1974 Simon Phipps Translated to Lincoln
1975 1991 Colin Docker First area bishop from 1984
1991 1993 John Hind Translated to Gibraltar in Europe, and later to Chichester
1993 2009 Lindsay Urwin OGS Resigned as bishop on 28 February 2009; Administrator of the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham since February 2009 until his resignation in 2015.[5] Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne since 2016.[6]
2009 2019 Mark Sowerby Nominated on 19 June 2009,[7] consecrated on 25 July 2009; last area bishop until 2013; resigned 31 August 2019.[8]
2020 present Ruth Bushyager Consecrated 15 July 2020 (morning)[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ Scroll to reference 106 of this document (Archived)
  3. ^ a b "The Diocese of Chichester has welcomed two new suffragan bishops. - Diocese of Chichester".
  4. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Former Bishop of Horsham to leave Walsingham" Archived 2015-04-13 at the Wayback Machine, Diocese of Chichester, 12 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Prayers for Bishop Lindsay Urwin as he takes on new challenge in Oz". See of Beverley. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Suffragan See of Horsham". Number10. 19 June 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Bishop of Horsham Farewell Service - Diocese of Chichester".