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The Bishop of Horsham is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop 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 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 '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 the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby, who was consecrated a bishop on 25 July 2009 in Chichester Cathedral in a ceremony led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

List of the Bishops of Horsham

No. Incumbent From Until Notes
1 Simon Wilton Phipps 1968 1974 Translated to Lincoln
2 Ivor Colin Docker 1975 1991
3 John William Hind 1991 1993 Translated to Gibraltar in Europe, and later to Chichester
4 Lindsay Goodall Urwin 1993 2009 Resigned as bishop 28 February 2009; Administrator of the Anglican Shrine at Walsingham since February 2009
5 Mark Crispin Rake Sowerby 2009 present Nominated 19 June 2009;[3] consecrated on 25 July 2009


  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
  2. ^ Scroll to reference 106 of this document
  3. ^ "Suffragan See of Horsham". Number10. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19.  

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