Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness

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The Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness was an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Carlisle, in the Province of York, England. The See was created by Order in Council on 6 April 1889 (under the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888)[1] sponsored by Harvey Goodwin, Bishop of Carlisle. It is named after the town of Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, then the largest town in the diocese. Since the death of Bishop Pelham in 1944, the title has been in abeyance.[2], the Suffragan Bishopric being transferred to Penrith. A mistaken belief has developed that this was done because Bishop Pelham was regarding the southern part of the diocese as his personal domain. There is absolutely no evidence to support this. On the contrary, all the evidence is that he was a most modest and self-effacing man. The real reasons for the transfer are not at all clear, but any ambitious behaviour on the part of Bishop Pelham can safely be said to not be among them.

List of bishops

Bishops of Barrow-in-Furness
From Until Incumbent Notes
1889 1909 Henry Ware Appointed to the bishopric from being Vicar of Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, and held the See in plurality with a Residentiary Canonry at Carlisle Cathedral. He was active throughout the diocese particularly during the years 1897-1904 when the diocesan, Bishop Bardsley, suffered several periods of significant illness. Bishop Ware died in 1909 while visiting Italy and is buried in the English Cemetery, Rome.
1909 1926 Campbell West-Watson Held in plurality with a Residentiary Canonry at Carlisle Cathedral until 1921, then with the Rectory of Aldingham, near Ulverston, Cumbria. Bishop West-Watson took a great interest in the industrial life of Barrow and the difficulties that the town and its people faced during various depressions. Always a champion of foreign mission, he was appointed Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1926 and Archbishop of New Zealand in 1940. He was awarded the honour of Companion of the Order of St.Michael and St.George (CMG), given to those who have rendered important service to the Commonwealth.
1926 1944 Herbert Sidney Pelham Held in plurality with the Rectory of Aldingham. Bishop Pelham was very interested in education and took a close interest in St.Bees School and Barrow Grammar School. He was also instrumental in establishing an Approved School at Ponsonby Hall, Calderbridge, near Whitehaven. The buildings were adapted for the purpose and renamed Pelham House. He died in Office in 1944 and is buried in a marked grave in Aldingham Churchyard. A portrait of him by the renowned West Cumberland artist, J.D.Kenworthy, hangs in the chancel of the church.
1944 present in abeyance
Source(s):[2] Crockford's Clerical Directory

2. D.H.Marston : "The Bishopric of Barrow-in-Furness" (2nd Edition 2017)

See also


  1. ^ Church of England — Dormant Suffragan Sees (Accessed 28 April 2016)
  2. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 945. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.

External links

  • Crockford's Clerical Directory - Listings

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