John Sheepshanks (bishop)

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John Sheepshanks was an English Anglican Bishop in the last decade of the 19th century and the first one of the 20th.[1]

Born on 23 February 1834 in Belgravia, London to Thomas Sheepshanks (1796-1875), rector of St John's, Coventry and his wife, Katherine (née Smith 1804 or 1805-1869). Sheepshanks was educated at Coventry grammar school, then at Christ's College, Cambridge.[2]

Ordained in 1857,[3] he was a Curate at Leeds Parish Church[4] and later Rector of New Westminster and Chaplain to George Hills, the Bishop of Columbia and Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment. After that he held incumbencies in Bilton, Yorkshire and Anfield, Liverpool before his elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Norwich in 1893,[5] a post he held until 1909. A noted author,[6] he died on 3 June 1909.[7]


  1. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. "Sheepshanks, John (SHPS852J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. The Times, Tuesday, 4 June 1912; pg. 7; Issue 39916; col A Death Of Bishop Sheepshanks
  5. The Times, Saturday, 8 July 1893; pg. 14; Issue 33998; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence New Bishop of Norwich
  6. Amongst others he wrote "Confirmation and Unction of the Sick", 1889; "Charge, Eucharist and Confession", 1902; "My Life in Mongolia and Siberia", 1903; and "The Pastor in his Parish", 1908 > British Library web site accessed 17:04GMT Saturday 1 August 2009
  7. NYT
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Thomas Pelham
Bishop of Norwich
1893 –1910
Succeeded by
Bertram Pollock