Bishop of Newcastle
Helen-Ann Hartley
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ResidenceBishop's House, Gosforth
First holderErnest Wilberforce
CathedralNewcastle Cathedral

The Bishop of Newcastle is the ordinary of the Church of England's Diocese of Newcastle in the Province of York.

The diocese presently covers the County of Northumberland and the Alston Moor area of Cumbria. The see is in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Nicholas, a parish church elevated to cathedral status in 1882. The bishop's residence is Bishop's House, Gosforth — not far north of Newcastle city centre.[1]

The office has existed since the founding of the diocese in 1882 under Queen Victoria by division of the diocese of Durham. Helen-Ann Hartley became diocesan Bishop of Newcastle on 3 February 2023, the confirmation of her election.[2]

List of bishops

Bishops of Newcastle
From Until Incumbent Notes
1882 1896 Ernest Wilberforce Translated to Chichester.
1896 1903 Edgar Jacob Translated to St Albans.
1903 1907 Arthur Lloyd Translated from Thetford.
1907 1915 Norman Straton Translated from Sodor and Man.
1915 1927 Herbert Wild
1927 1941 Harold Bilbrough Translated from Dover.
1941 1957 Noel Hudson Previously Bishop of Labuan and Sarawak then assistant bishop of St Albans; translated to Ely.
1957 1972 Hugh Ashdown
1973 1980 Ronald Bowlby Translated to Southwark.
1981 1997 Alec Graham Translated from Bedford.
1997 2014 Martin Wharton Translated from Kingston-upon-Thames.
2014 2015 Frank White
Assistant Bishop of Newcastle
Acting bishop, as Assistant Bishop of Newcastle
2015 2021 Christine Hardman Retired 30 November 2021.[3][4]
2021 2023 Mark Wroe
Bishop of Berwick
Acting bishop, as Bishop of Berwick.[4]
2023 present Helen-Ann Hartley Elected 28 November 2022;[5] confirmed 3 February 2023.[2]

Assistant bishops

For those full-time Assistant Bishops of Newcastle who preceded the Bishop suffragan of Berwick, see Bishop of Berwick.

Among those others who have served the diocese as assistant bishops have been:


  1. ^ "Christine Elizabeth Hardman". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Diary (February 2023)". Archbishop of York. 1 December 2022. Archived from the original on 3 January 2023. Retrieved 4 January 2023.
  3. ^ Diocese of Newcastle — Confirmation of Election Service for the 12th Bishop of Newcastle Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 23 September 2015)
  4. ^ a b "Bishop Christine bids emotional farewell as Bishop of Newcastle". Diocese of Newcastle. Archived from the original on 21 November 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  5. ^ Church of England in the Diocese of Newcastle [@NclDiocese] (28 November 2022). "The College of Canons at @nclcathedral met today to formally elect..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 1 December 2022. Retrieved 2 December 2022 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Historical successions: Newcastle". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  7. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 261. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  8. ^ "Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Bishop Cecil Wood". Church Times. No. 3194. 11 April 1924. p. 441. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 February 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  9. ^ "Clerical Obituary". Church Times. No. 4916. 3 May 1957. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 15 February 2021 – via UK Press Online archives.
  10. ^ "Newcastle's new Assistant Bishop". Church Times. No. 6117. 9 October 1980. p. 20. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 8 September 2019 – via UK Press Online archives.