Thomas Stevens (bishop)

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Rt Rev Thomas Stevens DD Lord Bishop of Barking (1907)

Thomas Stevens, DD, FSA (1841 – 22 August 1920, Wymondham) was an Anglican bishop, the first Bishop of Barking. [1]

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Thomas Stevens was the son of Thomas Ogden Stevens of Salisbury. He was educated at Shrewsbury, Sherborne and Magdalene College, Cambridge. [2] He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Magdalene College, Cambridge in May 1901. [3]

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His first post was as an Assistant Master at Charterhouse. He then held incumbencies at St Luke, Victoria Docks, [4] Saffron Walden and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate) Vicar of St John’s, Stratford. [5] He was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Barking in February 1901. [6] Retiring in 1919, he died in 1920. [7]

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Stevens was a very active Freemason, initiated as a student in 1861 in Cambridge's Isaac Newton University Lodge. He became Provincial Grand Chaplain for Essex in 1885, and then in 1896 became the joint Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of England, [8] serving jointly with the Bishop of Llandaff (Richard Lewis), and succeeding the Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness, the Rt Revd Henry Ware.

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  1. ”Who was Who 1897-1990” London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN   0-7136-3457-X
  2. "Stevens, Thomas (STVS859T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. "University intelligence". The Times (36451). London. 10 May 1901. p. 7.
  4. EoLFHS Archived 2008-12-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. St John's, Stratford
  6. The Times, Saturday, Feb 02, 1901; pg. 9; Issue 36368; col D Ecclesiastical intelligence
    "The King has been pleased to approve the appointment of The Ven T. Stevens, Archdeacon of Essex to be Bishop Suffragan of Barking in the Diocese of St Albans"
  7. Obituary. Bishop Stevens The Times Tuesday, Aug 24, 1920; pg. 13; Issue 42497; col F
  8. Horsley (The Rev'd Canon), JW (1906). "Notes on the Grand Chaplains of England". Ars Quatuor Coronatorum. 19. London: Quatuor Coronati Correspondence Circle Ltd. p. 195.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
First incumbent
Bishop of Barking
1901 1919
Succeeded by
James Inskip