Bishop in Europe

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Bishop in Europe
Robert Innes
Province Province of Canterbury
Diocese Diocese in Europe
Cathedral Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar
First incumbent George Tomlinson
Formation 1842
Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop in Europe 2001–2013

The Bishop in Europe (full title: Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe) is the ordinary of the Church of England's Diocese in Europe in the Province of Canterbury.

The diocese provides the ministry of Anglican chaplains, not only in the area of Gibraltar in British jurisdiction but also in all of mainland Europe, Morocco and the territory of the former Soviet Union.[1] The see is based in the City of Gibraltar where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. Between 1993 and 2013, the bishop's residence was in England at Bishop's Lodge in Worth, Crawley, West Sussex (close to Gatwick Airport, to facilitate ease of travel). Since 2014, however, the bishop has been based in Brussels. The diocesan office, with its administrative team, with the office of the suffragan bishop, is in Tufton Street, London, part of the Church House complex.[2]

The bishopric has existed since the union in 1980 of the see of Gibraltar (founded 1842) with the Jurisdiction of North and Central Europe of the see of London (headed by the suffragan Bishop of Fulham). Robert Innes, was commissioned and consecrated Bishop in Europe on 20 July 2014.[2]

List of bishops

(Any dates appearing in italics indicate de facto continuation of office. The start date of tenure below is the date of appointment or succession. Where known, the date of installation and ordination as bishop are listed in the notes together with the post held prior to appointment.)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1842 to 1863 George Tomlinson, Bishop of Gibraltar Was a Cambridge Apostles founder
1863 to 1868 Walter Trower, Bishop of Gibraltar
1868 to 1873 Charles Harris, Bishop of Gibraltar Resigned due to ill health, October 1873
1874 to 1903 Charles Sandford, Bishop of Gibraltar Died in office, 8 December 1903
1904 to 1911 William Collins, Bishop of Gibraltar Died in office, 22 March 1911
1911 to 1920 Henry Knight, Bishop of Gibraltar Died in office, 27 November 1920
1921 to 1927 John Greig, Bishop of Gibraltar Translated to Guildford 1927
1927 to 1933 Frederick Hicks, Bishop of Gibraltar Translated to Lincoln 1932
1933 to 1946 Harold Buxton, Bishop of Gibraltar Retired, 1947
1947 to 1953 Cecil Horsley, Bishop of Gibraltar Died in office, 10 March 1953
1954 to 1960 Frederick Craske, Bishop of Gibraltar Retired 1959
1960 to 1970 Stanley Eley, Bishop of Gibraltar Retired 1970
1970 to 1980 John Satterthwaite, Bishop of Gibraltar Translated to Gibraltar in Europe 1980
1980 to 1993 John Satterthwaite, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe Retired 1993
1993 to 2001 John Hind, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe Translated to Chichester
2001 to 2013 Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe Retired 8 November 2013.[3]
2014 to present Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe [2]

Suffragan and assistant bishops

The bishop also has one suffragan bishop, known as the Suffragan Bishop in Europe (currently David Hamid) and various honorary assistant bishops from the Church of England and other churches in communion with the Church of England.



  1. Pius IX once remarked on meeting the bishop of the time, "Then I am in your diocese." (J.A.Gere and John Sparrow (ed.), Geoffrey Madan's Notebooks, Oxford University Press, 1981)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Diocese in Europe – New Diocesan Bishop Appointed (Accessed 7 May 2014)
  3. Diocese in Europe – Bishop announces his retirement