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Ronald Bowlby

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In office  14 December 1980–1991
Successor  Roy Williamson
Denomination  Anglican
Predecessor  Mervyn Stockwood
Name  Ronald Bowlby
Consecration  January 6, 1973
Education  Eton College

Other posts  Honorary assistant bishop in Worcester (1991–present) Bishop of Newcastle 1972–1980
Born  16 August 1926 (age 89) (1926-08-16)
Alma mater  Trinity College, Oxford
Role  Anglican Bishop of Southwark
Diocese  Anglican Diocese of Southwark

Ronald Oliver Bowlby(born 16 August 1926), also known as Ronnie Bowlby, is a British Anglican bishop. He was the ninth Bishop of Newcastle from 1973 until 1980. He was then translated to Southwark where he served until his retirement eleven years later in 1991.


Early life and education

Bowlby was born on 16 August 1926. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford.

Ordained ministry

Bowlby's first post after ordination was as a curate at St Luke's, Pallion, Sunderland 1952-1956. He was then Priest in charge of St Aidan, Billingham (1956-1966) and Vicar of Croydon (1966-1972) before his elevation to the Episcopate.

Bowlby was nominated to Newcastle on 27 November 1972 and consecrated 6 January 1973. He translated to Southwark on 14 December 1980.

His interest is in housing matters and he served as President of the National Federation of Housing Associations from 1984 to 1988 and of the Churches' National Housing Coalition from 1991 to 1994.


In 1956 he married Elizabeth Trevelyan Monro. The couple have three sons and two daughters. Since his retirement from his last bishopric he now lives in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.


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