The Bishop of Southwark 〔"Southwark", in ''The Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer of the World'' (1952), New York: Columbia University Press.〕 is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Southwark in the Province of Canterbury.〔(Diocese of Southwark: History ). Retrieved on 21 October 2013.〕〔''Crockford's Clerical Directory'', 100th edition, (2007), Church House Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.〕
Until 1877, Southwark had been part of the Diocese of Winchester when it was transferred to the Diocese of Rochester. In 1891, the Bishop of Rochester appointed the only suffragan bishop of Southwark and an ancient parish church in Southwark was restored to become a pro-cathedral in 1897, which later became Southwark Cathedral.〔
On 1 May 1905,〔''London Gazette''. March 21, 1905.〕 the Diocese of Southwark was created and covers Greater London south of the River Thames and east Surrey, broadly defined.〔 The Bishop of Southwark is assisted by the suffragan bishops of Croydon, Kingston and Woolwich who each oversee an area of the diocese.〔(Diocese of Southwark: Bishops and Officers ). Retrieved on 25 November 2008.〕
The current and previous bishops have been cited in canonical practice in its interpretation as "valid but irregular" of three ordinations of candidates ordained abroad, associated with a conservative evangelical church-forming group, the Anglican Mission in England, having expressed, in the church's view, extreme views on a complex subject.
The current bishop is the Right Reverend Christopher Chessun, the 10th Bishop of Southwark, who signs ''+Christopher Southwark''. He had previously been the Bishop of Woolwich (2005–2011).
When the post-holder ranks among the longest-serving 21 bishops heading a diocese, he or she will qualify for a place in the House of Lords, joining the other five who qualify ''ex officio'', including the two archbishops.
==List of bishops==
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