The Bishop of Croydon is an episcopal title used by an area bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Southwark, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The Croydon Archdeaconry was transferred from Canterbury Diocese to Southwark in 1984.
The bishops suffragan of Croydon have been area bishops since the Southwark area scheme was founded in 1991. The Bishop of Croydon oversees the Episcopal Area of Croydon, which is made up of the Archdeaconries of Croydon and Reigate. The Archdeaconry of Croydon comprises the Deaneries of Croydon Addington (9 parishes), Croydon Central (10 parishes), Croydon North (12 parishes), Croydon South (10 parishes) and Sutton (14 parishes). The Archdeaconry of Reigate comprises the Deaneries of Caterham (9 parishes), Godstone (14 parishes) and Reigate (24 parishes), extending as far as Gatwick Airport and Banstead.
The Episcopal area was historically in the Diocese of Canterbury, as the Archbishop of Canterbury lived at Croydon Palace and Addington Palace when he did not live at Lambeth Palace or other episcopal residences, from their medieval construction until the 19th century. On 21 March 2012, Jonathan Clark was consecrated as bishop, and took up his post as Area Bishop of Croydon in May 2012.
List of the bishops
|Bishops of Croydon|
|1930||1937||Edward Woods||(1877–1953). Translated to Lichfield.|
|1937||1942||William Anderson||(1892–1972). Translated to Portsmouth.|
|1942||1947||Maurice Harland||(1896–1986). Translated to Lincoln.|
|1947||1956||Cuthbert Bardsley||(1907–1991). Translated to Coventry.|
|1985||2003||Wilfred Wood||(b. 1936) First area bishop from 1991.|
|2003||2011||Nick Baines||(b. 1957). Translated to Bradford.|
|2012||present||Jonathan Clark||(b. 1961). Consecrated on 21 March 2012.|
- Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 946. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
- "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Episcopal Team completed in Southwark Diocese" (Press release). Diocese of Southwark. 21 March 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012.