Bishop of Newcastle (England)

For the bishop in Australia, see Bishop of Newcastle, Australia.
Bishop of Newcastle
Christine Hardman
Province York
Diocese Newcastle
Cathedral Newcastle Cathedral
First incumbent Ernest Wilberforce
Formation 1882

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

The diocese at present 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.

The office has existed since the founding of the diocese in 1882 under Queen Victoria by division of the diocese of Durham. Christine Hardman became the Bishop of Newcastle upon the confirmation of her canonical election on 22 September 2015 at York Minster; her episcopal consecration occurred on 30 November at York Minster.[1]

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 (acting) Assistant Bishop of Newcastle
2015 present Christine Hardman


  1. Diocese of Newcastle — Confirmation of Election Service for the 12th Bishop of Newcastle (Accessed 23 September 2015)
  2. "Historical successions: Newcastle". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. 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.
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