The Diocese of Hereford is a Church of England diocese based in Hereford, covering Herefordshire, southern Shropshire and a few parishes within Worcestershire in England, and a few parishes within Powys and Monmouthshire in Wales. The cathedral is Hereford Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Hereford. The diocese is one of the oldest in England (created in 676 and based on the minor sub-kingdom of the Magonsæte) and is part of the Province of Canterbury.
The suffragan See of Ludlow was created in 1981.
The armorials of the See of Hereford are: Gules, 3 leopard's faces reversed jessant-de-lys or. These were the personal arms of Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe (d.1282).
The diocesan Bishop of Hereford (the see is currently vacant) is usually assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Ludlow, the Right Reverend Alistair Magowan (currently acting diocesan bishop; whose see was created in 1981.) The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – who reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.
Clive Young, Bishop suffragan of Dunwich, retired to Kenderchurch in 2013 and has been licensed as honorary assistant bishop of the diocese. Another retired bishop, Michael Westall (Bishop of South West Tanganyika) lives in Kingstone, Herefordshire.
- ^ "Young C". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (Subscription required)
- ^ "Westall MR". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (Subscription required)
- Haydn's Book of Dignities (1894) Joseph Haydn/Horace Ockerby, reprinted 1969
- Whitaker's Almanack 1883 to 2004, Joseph Whitaker and Sons Ltd/A&C Black, London
- Church of England Statistics 2002
Coordinates: 52°03′15″N 2°42′58″W / 52.0542°N 2.7160°W