Rt Rev Thomas Stevens DD Lord Bishop of Barking (1907)
Rt Rev Thomas Stevens DD Lord Bishop of Barking (1907)

Thomas Stevens FSA (19 September 1841[1] – 22 August 1920) was an Anglican bishop, the first Bishop of Barking.[2]

Stevens was born in Salisbury, the son of Thomas Ogden Stevens and his wife, Harriet Wansbrough. He was educated at Shrewsbury, Sherborne and Magdalene College, Cambridge.[3] He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Magdalene College, Cambridge in May 1901.[4] He was consecrated a bishop on 17 February 1901, at St Margaret's, Westminster, by Archbishop of Canterbury.[5]

His first post was as an Assistant Master at Charterhouse.[6] He then held incumbencies at St Luke, Victoria Docks,[7] Saffron Walden and finally (before his elevation to the episcopate) Vicar of St John's, Stratford.[8] He was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Barking in February 1901.[9]

He married Anne Elisabeth Bertram, granddaughter of Sir George Clement Bertram, Bailiff of Jersey. Retiring in 1919, he died in Wymondham in 1920.[10]

Stevens was a very active Freemason, initiated as a student in 1861 in Cambridge's Isaac Newton University Lodge. He became Provincial Grand Chaplain for Essex in 1885, and then in 1896 became the joint Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of England,[11] serving jointly with the Bishop of Llandaff (Richard Lewis), and succeeding the Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness, the Rt Revd Henry Ware.


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  2. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Stevens, Thomas (STVS859T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ "University intelligence". The Times. No. 36451. London. 10 May 1901. p. 7.
  5. ^ "Consecration of bishops suffragan". Church Times. No. 1987. 22 February 1901. p. 218. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 24 September 2020 – via UK Press Online archives.
  6. ^ Malden Richard (ed) (1920). Crockford's Clerical Directory for 1920 (51st edn). London: The Field Press. p. 1431.
  7. ^ EoLFHS Archived 2008-12-25 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ St John's, Stratford
  9. ^ The Times, Saturday, Feb 02, 1901; pg. 9; Issue 36368; col D Ecclesiastical intelligence
    "The King has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Ven T. Stevens, Archdeacon of Essex to be Bishop Suffragan of Barking in the Diocese of St Albans"
  10. ^ "Obituary – Bishop Stevens". The Times Tuesday, Aug 24, 1920; pg. 13; Issue 42497; col F
  11. ^ Horsley (The Rev'd Canon), JW (1906). "Notes on the Grand Chaplains of England". Ars Quatuor Coronatorum. Vol. 19. London: Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle Ltd. p. 195.
Church of England titles Preceded byFirst incumbent Bishop of Barking 1901 – 1919 Succeeded byJames Inskip