Until 1980 the Bishop of Fulham was the bishop with episcopal oversight of churches in northern and central Europe. In that year, responsibility for these parishes was transferred to the Bishop of Gibraltar, as head of the renamed Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.
More recently, the Bishop of Fulham fulfilled the role of a provincial episcopal visitor for the dioceses of London, Southwark and Rochester. The bishop had responsibility for a number of parishes in these dioceses who cannot in good conscience accept the ministry of bishops who have participated in the ordination of women.Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0).
In November 2010, following the announcement of Bishop John Broadhurst's retirement the Bishop of London reassigned, for the time being, responsibility for traditionalists within the diocese to the Bishop of Edmonton. At the same time it was decided that the next Bishop of Fulham, expected to be appointed in 2011, would have a more usual suffragan role in supporting the Bishop of London's ministry in the cities of London and Westminster.