Diocese of Lincoln
|Diocese of Lincoln|
|Archdeaconries||Lincoln, Stow and Lindsey, Boston|
|Bishop||Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln|
|Suffragans||Bishop of Grimsby (Vacant)|
|Archdeacons||Jane Sinclair, Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey
Tim Barker, Archdeacon of Lincoln
Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston
The diocese traces its roots in an unbroken line to the Diocese of Lindine (or Lindsey) founded in 678. The see of Lindsey was united with the bishopric of Dorchester in the early 11th century. The diocese was then the largest in England, extending from the River Thames to the Humber Estuary. In 1072, Bishop Remigius de Fécamp under William the Conqueror moved the see to Lincoln, although the Bishops of Lincoln retained significant landholdings within Oxfordshire. Because of this historic link, for a long time Banbury remained a peculiar of the Bishop of Lincoln.
The dioceses of Oxford and Peterborough were created in 1541 out of parts of the diocese, which left the diocese with two disconnected fragments, north and south. In 1837 the southern part was transferred to other dioceses: Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire to the Diocese of Ely, Hertfordshire to the Diocese of Rochester and Buckinghamshire to the Diocese of Oxford. Also in 1837 the county of Leicestershire was transferred from Lincoln to Peterborough (and became the independent Diocese of Leicester in 1927). The Archdeaconry of Nottingham was transferred to the Lincoln diocese at the same time.
In 1884, the Archdeaconry of Nottingham was detached to form a part of the new Diocese of Southwell.
By virtue of the 2009 scheme of delegation, whilst the Bishop of Lincoln exercises general oversight, the Bishops of Grimsby and Grantham were seen as leaders in mission in the north and south of the Diocese respectively until that scheme lapsed upon the 6 April 2013 retirement of the Bishop of Grimsby, which was followed by a review of roles of bishops in the diocese. The suffragan See of Grantham was created in 1905, and the See of Grimsby in 1935. It would seem that the option of not filling the suffragan see of Grantham has since been taken.
The diocese is divided into three archdeaconries and 22 deaneries. On 22 April 2013, it was announced that a third archdeacon had been appointed pending a pastoral reorganisation. The changes to the archdeaconries enacted by the resulting pastoral scheme were announced on 15 November:
- Archdeaconry of Lincoln: Bolingbroke; Calcewaithe and Candleshoe; Christianity; Graffoe; Horncastle; Lafford; Louthesk
- Archdeaconry of Stow and Lindsey: Isle of Axholme; Corringham; Grimsby and Cleethorpes; Haverstoe; Lawres; Manlake; West Wold; Yarborough
- Archdeaconry of Boston: (Aveland & Ness with) Stamford; Beltisloe; Elloe East; Elloe West; Grantham; Holland; Loveden
- "Instrument Delegating the functions of the Bishop of Lincoln in order to give effect to a Collaborative Working Agreement approved by the Diocesan Synod of the Diocese of Lincoln on 8th July 2009 and made pursuant to Section 13 Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure 2007". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 29 May 2012. "The Office of Diocesan Bishop ensures the territorial integrity of the Diocese so that within the area of the Diocese there is scope for other areas to be formed as Parishes, Deaneries, Archdeaconries and areas of Episcopal oversight – the Sees of Grimsby and Grantham are examples of the latter."
- "Diocese of Lincoln Who's Who". Diocese of Lincoln. Retrieved 21 May 2011. "The Area Bishops"
- Diocese of Lincoln – Diocesan Profile 2013 (Accessed 28 March 2013)
- Diocese of Lincoln – Who's Who (Archived, 16 October 2013) (Accessed 2 April 2014)
- Diocese of Lincoln – New Archdeaconries (Accessed 29 November 2013)
- Diocese of Lincoln website
- "Lincoln (2)". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.