Bob Hardy (bishop)

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Bob Hardy

Bishop of Lincoln
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Lincoln
In office1987–2001
Predecessor Simon Phipps
Successor John Saxbee
Other post(s) Honorary assistant bishop in Carlisle (2001–2021)
Bishop to HM Prisons (1985–2001)
Bishop of Maidstone (1980–1987)
Ordination1962 (deacon)
1963 (priest)
Personal details
Born(1936-10-05)5 October 1936
Died9 April 2021(2021-04-09) (aged 84)
Denomination Anglican
ParentsHarold & Monica
Isobel Burch
(m. 1970)
Children2 sons; 1 daughter
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge

Robert Maynard Hardy CBE [1] [2] (5 October 1936 9 April 2021) was an Anglican bishop in the Church of England. [3]


Early life

Hardy was born on 5 October 1936. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield [4] and Clare College, Cambridge.


Hardy trained for ordination at Cuddesdon College, and was ordained deacon in 1962 and priest in 1963. [5] His first position was at All Saints and Martyrs' Church, Langley, Manchester, [6] after which he became a chaplain (and fellow) of Selwyn College, Cambridge. [7] Following this he was appointed Vicar of Borehamwood then Director of the St Albans Diocese Ministerial Training Scheme. In 1980 he was ordained to the episcopate as the Bishop of Maidstone. [8] In 1987 he was translated to be the Bishop of Lincoln. [9] He retired in 2001, resigning his See effective 31 October. [10] He also served as Bishop to HM Prisons, 1985–2001. [11]

Later life

In retirement, from 2001, he continued to serve as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Carlisle, while living at Langwathby, Cumbria. [12]

On 16 June 2001, as part of that year's Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to the Church of England, and to Prisoners". [13]

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  1. BBC reports award
  2. The Independent – Blue murder in the cathedral: At Lincoln... (Accessed 11 November 2013)
  3. Daily Telegraph Issue no 51,625 dated Monday 10 May 2021 Obituary p25: "The Right Reverend Robert Hardy- Popular Bishop of Lincoln whose pastoral skills were tested by conflict with the cathedral chaper"
  4. Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008) ISBN   978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1973-74, 85th Edition, p 404.
  6. Church details Archived 11 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Crockford's clerical directory 2008 London, Church House 2007 ISBN   978-0-7151-1030-0
  8. The Times , 4 September 1980; p. 2; Issue 60715; col D, "New Bishop of Maidstone"
  9. Debrett's, People of Today: Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debtrett's), ISBN   1-870520-09-2)
  10. "Diocese of Lincoln - A Message from the Bishop". Archived from the original on 26 February 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  11. "Gazette: deaths" . Church Times . No. 8248. 16 April 2021. p. 28. ISSN   0009-658X . Retrieved 30 July 2021 via UK Press Online archives.
  12. "Robert Maynard Hardy" . Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing . Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  13. "No. 56237". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2001. pp. 7–8.
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Maidstone
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop to HM Prisons
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by