Diocese of London

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Diocese of London
Diocese of London arms.svg
Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Charing Cross; Hackney; Hampstead; London; Middlesex; Northolt
Statistics
Parishes 413
Churches 484
Information
Cathedral St Paul's
Co-cathedral Westminster Abbey (1550–1556 only)
Current leadership
Bishop Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
Suffragans Pete Broadbent, area Bishop of Willesden and acting area Bishop of Edmonton
Paul Williams, area Bishop of Kensington
Adrian Newman, area Bishop of Stepney
Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham
Bishop of Islington (vacant)
Archdeacons Nick Mercer, vicar general and acting Archdeacon of London;
Rachel Treweek, Archdeacon of Hackney;
Stephan Welch, Archdeacon of Middlesex;
Luke Miller, Archdeacon of Hampstead;
Duncan Green, Archdeacon of Northolt
Archdeacon of Charing Cross (vacant)
Website
london.anglican.org
Map of the Diocese of London in 1714. The current diocesan boundaries are greatly reduced.

The Diocese of London forms part of the Church of England's Province of Canterbury in England.

Historically the diocese covered a large area north of the Thames and bordered the dioceses of Norwich and Lincoln to the north and west. The present diocese covers 177 square miles (460 km2) and 17 London boroughs, covering most of Greater London north of the River Thames and west of the River Lea. This area covers nearly all of the historic county of Middlesex. It includes the City of London in which lies its cathedral, St Paul's, and also encompasses Spelthorne which was formerly in Middlesex but is now part of Surrey.

Essex formed part of the diocese until 1846 when it became part of the Diocese of Rochester, later moving to the Diocese of St Albans and then to the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Organisation[edit]

Since the institution of the London area scheme (the first of its kind) in 1979,[1] the diocese has been divided into five episcopal areas, each of which is the particular responsibility of one of the diocese's suffragan bishops. It is further divided into archdeaconries and deaneries, as shown below.

Episcopal area Archdeaconry Deaneries
Two Cities (London and Westminster)

(Bishop of London)

London City of London
Charing Cross Westminster Paddington
Westminster St Margaret
Westminster St Marylebone
Edmonton

(area Bishop of Edmonton)

Hampstead Central Barnet
West Barnet
North Camden (Hampstead)
South Camden (St Pancras and Holborn)
Enfield
East Haringey
West Haringey
Kensington

(area Bishop of Kensington)

Middlesex Hammersmith and Fulham
Hampton (the Middlesex half of Richmond)
Hounslow
Kensington
Chelsea
Spelthorne
Stepney

(area Bishop of Stepney)

Hackney Hackney
Islington
Tower Hamlets
Willesden

(area Bishop of Willesden)

Northolt Brent
Ealing (East)
Ealing (West)
Harrow
Hillingdon

Bishops[edit]

Under the London area scheme the diocesan Bishop of London (Richard Chartres) retains oversight for the two cities of London and of Westminster while the four area bishops have responsibility in their own episcopal areas. The suffragan see of Stepney was created in 1895, Kensington in 1901, Willesden in 1911 and Edmonton in 1970. The suffragan see of Marlborough existed from 1888 to 1918. On 1 May, it was announced[2] that Chartres' proposal to take the See of Islington out of abeyance for the appointment of a "bishop for church plants"[3] would go ahead.

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by a fifth suffragan bishop, Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, who also performs the same role in Southwark and Rochester dioceses. During a lengthy vacancy in that see, alternative episcopal oversight was offered by the area Bishop of Edmonton.

There are also several retired bishops living in the diocese, some of whom are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Diocese of London — The Revival of the See of Islington (Accessed 1 May 2015)
  3. ^ "Chartres sets out plan for ‘Bishop for church-plants’". Church Times (#7929). 6 March 2015. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 25 March 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Marshall, Rt Rev. Michael Eric. Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Holland, Rt Rev. Edward. Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Makhulu, Most Rev. Walter Paul Khotso. Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Millar, Rt Rev. Preb. John Alexander Kirkpatrick, (Sandy). Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Ladds, Rt Rev. Robert Sidney. Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Colclough, Rt Rev. Michael John. Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Appointments". Church Times (#7920). 2 January 2014. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 2 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). 

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Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°05′55″W / 51.5138°N 0.0986°W / 51.5138; -0.0986