Diocese of Norwich

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Diocese of Norwich
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Lynn, Norfolk, Norwich
Parishes 563
Churches 656
Cathedral Norwich Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Graham James, Bishop of Norwich
Suffragans Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford
Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn
Archdeacons Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich
John Ashe, Archdeacon of Lynn
Steven Betts, Archdeacon of Norfolk

The Diocese of Norwich forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England.


It traces its roots in an unbroken line to the diocese of Dunwich founded in 630. In common with many Anglo-Saxon bishoprics it moved, in this case to Elmham in 673. After the Norman invasion it moved to Thetford in 1070 finally moving to Norwich in 1094.

It covers 573 parishes with 656 churches covering all of the county of Norfolk save for the extreme west beyond the River Great Ouse that is part of the diocese of Ely. It includes the deanery of Lothingland (the port of Lowestoft and its immediate hinterland) in the county of Suffolk. This totals an area over 1,800 square miles (4,700 km2) with a population (2008) of some 867,000.

Like most older dioceses, the territory has been gradually reduced. Until the formation of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1914, East Suffolk was included, and earlier other areas.

The Bishop of Norwich leads the Diocese, and is assisted by the Suffragan Bishops of Lynn and Thetford. From 1894 until the See of Lynn was created in 1963, the Bishop of Thetford was the suffragan bishop for the whole diocese, with the exception of the period from 1899 to 1909 when there was another suffragan bishop, in the See of Ipswich.

The diocese is divided into 21 Deaneries:


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Coordinates: 52°37′54″N 1°18′04″E / 52.6318°N 1.3010°E / 52.6318; 1.3010