List of Church of England dioceses

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There are 42 Church of England dioceses,[1] each being an administrative territorial unit governed by a bishop.[2] These cover England, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and a small part of Wales. The Diocese in Europe is also a part of the Church of England,[1] and covers the whole of continental Europe, Morocco and the post-Soviet states.[3] The structure of dioceses within the Church of England was initially inherited from the Catholic Church as part of the Protestant Reformation.[4] During the Reformation a number of new dioceses were founded,[5] but no more were then created until the middle of the 19th century,[6] when dioceses were founded mainly in response to the growing population, especially in the northern industrial cities.[7] The most recent diocese to be established was the Diocese of Leeds, which came into being on 20 April 2014.[8] Prior to that, no new dioceses had been founded since 1927. Leeds was created by combining three previous dioceses: the Diocese of Bradford, the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, and the Diocese of Wakefield.[citation needed]

The 42 current dioceses are divided into two provinces. The Province of Canterbury in the south comprises 30 dioceses and the Province of York in the north comprises 12.[1] The archbishops of Canterbury and York have pastoral oversight over the bishops within their province, along with certain other rights and responsibilities.[9] All of the dioceses have one cathedral each except the Diocese of Leeds, which has three that are considered co-equal. Of all the dioceses, Derby has the smallest cathedral; Derby Cathedral takes up only 10,950 square feet (1,000 m2).[10] One diocese dates back to the 6th century, eight date back to the 7th century, two to the 10th century, five to the 11th century, two to the 12th century, five to the 16th century, seven to the 19th century, and ten to the 20th century. The territories administered by the various dioceses do not generally line up with political boundaries.[citation needed]

Dioceses

Diocese[11]
(bishop)
Coat of arms[12] Province[1] Territory[1] Cathedral[13] Founded[14]
Bath and Wells
(Bishop)
Dio Bath Wells arms.png
Canterbury Somerset; North Somerset; Bath and North East Somerset; some parishes in Dorset[15] Wells Cathedral[16] 0909909 (Diocese of Wells)[17]
Birmingham
(Bishop)
Dio Birmingham arms.png
Canterbury Birmingham; Sandwell except part of the north; Solihull except part of the east; part of Warwickshire; some parishes in Worcestershire[18] St Philip's Cathedral[19] 19051905[20]
Blackburn
(Bishop)
Dio Blackburn arms.png
York Lancashire except part of the east and south, Liverpool, and Manchester; some parishes in Wigan[21] Blackburn Cathedral[22] 192612 November 1926
(from Manchester)[23]
Bristol
(Bishop)
Dio Bristol arms.png
Canterbury Bristol; southern two-thirds of South Gloucestershire; northern quarter of Wiltshire except part of the north; Swindon except part of the north and south; some parishes in Gloucestershire[24] Bristol Cathedral[25] 1542.11542[26]
Canterbury
(Archbishop)
Archbishop of Canterbury arms.svg
Canterbury Kent east of Medway[27] Canterbury Cathedral[28] 0597597[29]
Carlisle
(Bishop)
Diocese of Carlisle arms.svg
York Cumbria except Alston Moor (part of the Diocese of Newcastle), and the former Sedbergh Rural District (part of the Diocese of Leeds)[30] Carlisle Cathedral[31] 11331133[32]
Chelmsford
(Bishop)
Angl-Cant-Chemlsford-Arms.svg
Canterbury Essex except part of the north; part of East London north of the River Thames; part of South Cambridgeshire[33] Chelmsford Cathedral[34] 1914.11914
Chester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Chester arms.svg
York Cheshire; the Wirral Peninsula; Halton south of the River Mersey; Warrington south of the River Mersey; Trafford except part of the north; Stockport except part of the north and east; the eastern half of Tameside; part of Derbyshire; part of Manchester; part of Flintshire[35] Chester Cathedral[36] 15411541
Chichester
(Bishop)
Curious Myths p 32 arms.jpg
[37]
Canterbury West Sussex except part of the north; East Sussex except part of the north; part of Kent[38] Chichester Cathedral[39] 10751075
Coventry
(Bishop)
Diocese of Coventry arms.svg
Canterbury Coventry; Warwickshire except part of the north, southwest, and south; part of Solihull[40] Coventry Cathedral[41] 19181918
Derby
(Bishop)
Diocese of Derby arms.svg
Canterbury Derbyshire except part of the north; part of Stockport; part of Staffordshire[42] Derby Cathedral[43] 19271927[44]
Durham
(Bishop)
York Durham except part of the southwest and north; Gateshead; South Tyneside; Sunderland; Hartlepool; Darlington; Stockton-on-Tees north of the River Tees[45] Durham Cathedral[46] 0990990
Ely
(Bishop)
Diocese of Ely arms.svg
Canterbury Cambridgeshire except part of the northwest and south; the western quarter of Norfolk; part of Bedfordshire[47] Ely Cathedral[48] 11091109
Europe
(Bishop)
Canterbury Europe except Great Britain and Ireland; Morocco; Turkey; the post-Soviet states in Asia[49] Gibraltar Cathedral[50] 184221 August 1842 (Diocese of Gibraltar)[51]
Exeter
(Bishop)
Diocese of Exeter arms.svg
Canterbury Devon except part of the southeast and west; Plymouth; Torbay[52] Exeter Cathedral[53] 10501050
Gloucester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Gloucester arms.svg
Canterbury Gloucestershire except part of the north, south, and east; the northern third of South Gloucestershire; part of Wiltshire; part of southwest Warwickshire; part of southern Worcestershire[54] Gloucester Cathedral[55] 15411541
Guildford
(Bishop)
Diocese of Guildford arms.svg
Canterbury The western two-thirds of Surrey south of the River Thames except part of the northeast; part of northeastern Hampshire; part of Greater London; part of West Sussex[56] Guildford Cathedral[57] 19271927
Hereford
(Bishop)
Diocese of Hereford arms.svg
Canterbury Herefordshire; the southern half of Shropshire; part of Powys and Monmouthshire[58] Hereford Cathedral[59] 0676676
Leeds,
(Bishop)
Diocese of Leeds arms.jpg
York Ripon; Bradford; Leeds; Huddersfield; Wakefield[60] Co-equally:
Ripon Cathedral,
Wakefield Cathedral,
Bradford Cathedral[61]
201420 April 2014 (thereby dissolving the dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield)[8]
Leicester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Leicester arms.svg
Canterbury Leicestershire; part of Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, and Warwickshire[62] Leicester Cathedral[63] 19261926
Lichfield
(Bishop)
Diocese of Lichfield arms.svg
Canterbury Staffordshire except part of the southeast and southwest; the northern half of Shropshire; Wolverhampton; Walsall; the northern half of Sandwell[64] Lichfield Cathedral[65] 0664664
Lincoln
(Bishop)
Canterbury Lincolnshire; North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire except part of the west[66] Lincoln Cathedral[67] 10741074
Liverpool
(Bishop)
York Liverpool; Sefton; Knowsley; St Helens; Wigan except part of the north and east; Halton north of the River Mersey; most of West Lancashire[68] Liverpool Cathedral[69] 18801880
London
(Bishop)
Diocese of London arms.svg
Canterbury The City of London; Greater London north of the River Thames except part of the east and north; Surrey north of the Thames; part of Hertfordshire[70] St Paul's Cathedral[71] 0601601
Manchester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Manchester arms.svg
York Manchester except part of the south; Salford; Bolton; Bury; Rochdale; Oldham; the western half of Tameside; part of Wigan, Trafford, Stockport, and southern Lancashire[72] Manchester Cathedral[73] 18481848
Newcastle
(Bishop)
York Northumberland; Newcastle upon Tyne; North Tyneside; part of eastern Cumbria; part of County Durham[74] Newcastle Cathedral[75] 18821882
Norwich
(Bishop)
Diocese of Norwich arms.svg
Canterbury Norfolk except part of the west; part of northeastern Suffolk[76] Norwich Cathedral[77] 10961096
Oxford
(Bishop)
Diocese of Oxford arms.svg
Canterbury Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; part of Hampshire and Hertfordshire[78] Christ Church Cathedral[79] 15421542
Peterborough
(Bishop)
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Canterbury Northamptonshire except part of the west; Rutland; Peterborough except part of the southeast; part of Lincolnshire[80] Peterborough Cathedral[81] 15411541
Portsmouth
(Bishop)
Diocese of Portsmouth arms.svg
Canterbury The southeastern third of Hampshire; the Isle of Wight[82] Portsmouth Cathedral[83] 19271927
Rochester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Rochester arms.svg
Canterbury Kent west of the River Medway except part of the southwest; Medway; most of Bromley Bexley; part of East Sussex[84] Rochester Cathedral[85] 0604604
St Albans
(Bishop)
Diocese of St Albans arms.svg
Canterbury Hertfordshire except part of the south and west; Bedfordshire except part of the north and west; part of Greater London[86] St Albans Cathedral[87] 18771877
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
(Bishop)
Diocesan-COE-crest-Colour-medium.png
Canterbury Suffolk except part of the northeast; part of Essex[88] St Edmundsbury Cathedral[89] 19141914
Salisbury
(Bishop)
Canterbury The southern three quarters of Wiltshire; Dorset except part of the east; part of Hampshire and Devon[90] Salisbury Cathedral[91] 10781078
Sheffield
(Bishop)
York Sheffield; Rotherham; Doncaster except part of the southeast; part of North Lincolnshire; part of northeastern Barnsley; part of the East Riding of Yorkshire[92] Sheffield Cathedral[93] 19141914
Sodor and Man
(Bishop)
Bishopric.of.Sodor.arms.1845.jpg
York The Isle of Man[94] Peel Cathedral 1400c. 1400 (English jurisdiction)
447 (first founded)[95]
Southwark
(Bishop)
Diocese of Southwark arms.svg
Canterbury Greater London south of the River Thames except most of Bromley and Bexley and part of the southwest; the eastern third of Surrey[96] Southwark Cathedral[97] 19051905
Southwell and Nottingham
(Bishop)
Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham arms.svg
York Nottinghamshire; part of South Yorkshire[98] Southwell Minster[99] 18841884
Truro
(Bishop)
C of E Diocese of Truro.svg
Canterbury Cornwall; the Isles of Scilly; part of Devon[100] Truro Cathedral[101] 18771877
Winchester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Winchester arms.svg
Canterbury Hampshire except the southeastern quarter and part of the northeast, west, and north; part of eastern Dorset; the Channel Islands[102] Winchester Cathedral[103] 0662662
Worcester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Worcester arms.svg
Canterbury Worcestershire except part of the south and north; part of Wolverhampton, Sandwell, and northern Gloucestershire[104] Worcester Cathedral[105] 0680680
York
(Archbishop)
Archbishop of York arms.svg
York York; East Riding of Yorkshire except part of the southwest; Kingston upon Hull; Redcar and Cleveland; Middlesbrough; the eastern half of North Yorkshire; Stockton-on-Tees south of the River Tees; part of Leeds[106] York Minster[107] 0625625

See also

Notes

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  2. ^ Avis 2013; Podmore 2005, pp. 82–83; Weaver & Brakke 2008, p. 266.
  3. ^ "Church Locations". Diocese in Europe. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Ren 2011, p. 110.
  5. ^ Mullett 2010, p. 11.
  6. ^ Cormack 1984, p. 8.
  7. ^ Galloway 1999, p. 118.
  8. ^ a b "First New Diocese for More than 85 Years Created on April 20". The Transformation Programme for The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales (Press release). 15 April 2014. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Wilson 2013, p. 281.
  10. ^ "Cathedral Time". Christ Church, Oxford. 2000. Archived from the original on December 6, 2004. 
  11. ^ "List of all Bishops". Crockfords. Archbishops' Council. Archived from the original on 19 April 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Diocesan Arms". Trinity Amblecote. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "List of cathedrals". Crockfords. Archbishops' Council. Archived from the original on 20 April 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Tate 1969, p. 334.
  15. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 5.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Wells Cathedral (196971)". PastScape. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  17. ^ Livingstone, Sparks & Peacocke 2013, p. 55.
  18. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 9.
  19. ^ Foster 2005, p. 40.
  20. ^ Jones 2012, p. 27.
  21. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 12.
  22. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 38.
  23. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33220. p. 7321. 12 November 1926. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  24. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 18.
  25. ^ The Monthly Review from May to August Inclusive. Hurst & Robinson. 1830. p. 141. 
  26. ^ Nicholls & Taylor 1881, p. 239.
  27. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 21.
  28. ^ Weaver & Caviness 2013, p. 11.
  29. ^ Cummings 2007, p. 1.
  30. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 25.
  31. ^ Bond 2007, p. 43.
  32. ^ Livingstone, Sparks & Peacocke 2013, p. 95.
  33. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 28.
  34. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 50.
  35. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 32.
  36. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 52.
  37. ^ "Insignia and shield of the Diocese". Diocese of Chichester. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  38. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 35.
  39. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 55.
  40. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 38.
  41. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 58.
  42. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 41.
  43. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 60.
  44. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33290. p. 4207. 1 July 1927. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  45. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 45.
  46. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 62.
  47. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 49.
  48. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 65.
  49. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 52.
  50. ^ "The Cathedral of The Holy Trinity Gibraltar". Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  51. ^ "Our History". Diocese in Europe. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  52. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 55.
  53. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 68.
  54. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 60.
  55. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 70.
  56. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 63.
  57. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 73.
  58. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 66.
  59. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 75.
  60. ^ "Maps and Information about Deaneries and Parishes". Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  61. ^ "The Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield Reorganisation Scheme 2013" (PDF). Church of England. 2013. p. 4. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  62. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 69.
  63. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 77.
  64. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 73.
  65. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 79.
  66. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 77.
  67. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 82.
  68. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 80.
  69. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 84.
  70. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 83.
  71. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 90.
  72. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 87.
  73. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 93.
  74. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 91.
  75. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 95.
  76. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 94.
  77. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 99.
  78. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 97.
  79. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 103.
  80. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 101.
  81. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 108.
  82. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 105.
  83. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 110.
  84. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 112.
  85. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 115.
  86. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 115.
  87. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 118.
  88. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 118.
  89. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 123.
  90. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 121.
  91. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 126.
  92. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 124.
  93. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 129.
  94. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 127.
  95. ^ Buchanan 2006, p. 288.
  96. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 129.
  97. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 131.
  98. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 133.
  99. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 133.
  100. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 136.
  101. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 135.
  102. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 143.
  103. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 142.
  104. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 147.
  105. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 145.
  106. ^ The Church of England Year Book 2014, p. 150.
  107. ^ Pepin 2004, p. 147.

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