Bishop in Europe

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.

Robert Innes
Ecclesiastical provinceProvince of Canterbury
ResidenceBishop's Lodge, Worth (1993–2013)
Waterloo, Belgium (since 2014)
First holderGeorge Tomlinson
DioceseDiocese in Europe
CathedralCathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar
Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop in Europe 2001–2013


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 Waterloo, Belgium. The diocesan office and 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 Anglican Bishops of Europe

(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.)

Bishops of Gibraltar
From Until Incumbent Notes
18421863George TomlinsonA founder of the Cambridge Apostles
18631868Walter Trower
18681873Charles HarrisResigned due to ill health, October 1873
18741903Charles SandfordDied in office, 8 December 1903
19041911William CollinsDied in office, 22 March 1911
19111920Henry KnightDied in office, 27 November 1920
19211927John GreigTranslated to Guildford 1927
19271932Frederick HicksTranslated to Lincoln 1932
19331946Harold BuxtonRetired
19471953Cecil HorsleyDied in office, 10 March 1953
19541960Frederick CraskeRetired
19601970Stanley EleyRetired
19701980John SatterthwaiteAlso Bishop of Fulham. Translated to Gibraltar in Europe 1980
Bishops of Gibraltar in Europe
From Until Incumbent Notes
19801993John SatterthwaiteRetired
19932001John HindTranslated to Chichester
20012013Geoffrey RowellRetired 8 November 2013.[3]
2013presentRobert Innes[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.

Edmund Capper and Ambrose Weekes were assistant (auxiliary) bishops of the diocese in 1988.[4]

See also


  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. Diocese in Europe – New Diocesan Bishop Appointed Archived 2014-05-08 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 7 May 2014)
  3. Diocese in Europe – Bishop announces his retirement
  4. "Declaration of Unity, Witness and Mission". Church Times (#AAMBIT 3). 1 July 1988. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 22 July 2019 via UK Press Online archives.