Colin Docker

Ivor Colin Docker (known as Colin;[1][2] 3 December 1925 – 4 November 2014) was the 2nd Anglican Bishop of Horsham from 1975[3] until 1991 and the first area bishop from the area scheme's institution in 1984.[4]

Educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, Birmingham University (whence he gained a Master of Arts {MA}) and St Catherine's Society, Oxford,[5] he studied for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a Curacy in Normanton, Yorkshire.[6] From 1954 he was Area Secretary of the CMS[7] and, after spells as Vicar of Midhurst and Seaford he was appointed Rural Dean of Eastbourne in 1971. Four years later he was appointed to become Bishop of Horsham, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chichester; he was consecrated a bishop by Donald Coggan, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey on 31 January 1975.[8] A keen photographer, he retired to Bovey Tracey in 1991, where he continued to serve the church as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese of Exeter.

Colin Docker
Bishop of Horsham
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Chichester
In office1975–1991
Area bishop: 1984–1991
PredecessorSimon Phipps
SuccessorJohn Hind
Other postsHonorary assistant bishop in Exeter (1991–present)
Personal details
Born3 December 1925
Died4 November 2014 (aged 88)
ParentsPhilip Docker & Doris Whitehill
SpouseThelma Upton (m. 1950)
Children1 son; 1 daughter
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
Ordination history


  1. ^ The Bells & Bell Ringers of St Margaret's Church, Angmering
  2. ^ Diocese of Port Moresby — Bishop's News (Jan 2003)
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday, 1 February 1975; p. 16; Issue 59309; col B Archbishop Coggan’s first consecration
  4. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. ^ ‘DOCKER, Rt Rev. Ivor Colin’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 [1], accessed 5 July 2012
  6. ^ Debrett's Distinguished People of Today: 1990, London, Debrett's ISBN 1-870520-03-3
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  8. ^ "picture caption (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5843). 7 February 1975. p. 1. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 June 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Simon Phipps
Bishop of Horsham
Succeeded by
John Hind

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