Baycroft was born in Redcar, in North Yorkshire and studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1956. In Ontario, he held incumbencies in Loughborough, Ottawa, and Perth before becoming Dean of Ottawa in 1984. From 1986 to 1992, he was suffragan bishop of Ottawa and then its diocesan until 1999.
He served as the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop’s representative to the Holy See from 1999 to 2001.