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The Bishop of Croydon is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Southwark, in the Province of Canterbury, England.[1]

The Bishop of Croydon oversees the Episcopal Area of Croydon, which is made up of the Archdeaconries of Croydon and Reigate. The Archdeaconry of Reigate comprises the three Rural Deaneries of Caterham (9 parishes), Godstone (14 parishes) and Reigate (24 parishes), extending as far south as Gatwick Airport. The Archdeaconry of Croydon comprises the Rural Deaneries of Croydon Addington (9 parishes), Croydon Central (10 parishes), Croydon North (12 parishes), Croydon South (10 parishes) and Sutton (14 parishes).

The Episcopal area was historically in the Diocese of Canterbury, as the Archbishops of Canterbury lived at Croydon Palace and Addington Palace until the 19th century.

The current present Bishop is Nick Baines was appointed in 2003 and installed on 11 May 2003. He took over from Wilfred Wood KA, who had been Bishop of Croydon since 1985, the Church of England's first black bishop.

List of the Bishops of Croydon

No. Incumbent From Until Notes
1 Henry Horace Pereira 1904 1924 (1845-1926)
no appointment 1924 1930
2 Edward Sydney Woods 1930 1937 (1877-1953). Translated to Lichfield
3 William Louis Anderson 1937 1942 (1892-1972). Translated to Portsmouth
4 Maurice Henry Harland 1942 1947 (1896-1986). Translated to Lincoln
5 Cuthbert Killick Norman Bardsley 1947 1956 (1907-1991). Translated to Coventry
6 John Taylor Hughes 1957 1977 (1908-2001)
7 Geoffrey Stuart Snell 1977 1985 (1920–1988)
8 Wilfred Denniston Wood 1985 2003 (b.1936)
9 Nick Baines 2003 present (b.1957)


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).

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