List of Church of England dioceses

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Dioceses of Church of England
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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 West Yorkshire and the Dales, which came into being on 20 April 2014.[8] The 42 dioceses are divided into two provinces. The Province of Canterbury comprises 30 dioceses and the Province of York 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]

Of all the dioceses, Derby has the smallest cathedral; Derby Cathedral takes up only 10,950 square feet (1,000 m2).[10]

Dioceses[edit]

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 Newcastle upon Tyne and Bradford[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)
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 184221 August 1842 (Diocese of Gibraltar)[50]
Exeter
(Bishop)
Diocese of Exeter arms.svg
Canterbury Devon except part of the southeast and west; Plymouth; Torbay[51] Exeter Cathedral[52] 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[53] Gloucester Cathedral[54] 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[55] Guildford Cathedral[56] 19271927
Hereford
(Bishop)
Diocese of Hereford arms.svg
Canterbury Herefordshire; the southern half of Shropshire; part of Powys and Monmouthshire[57] Hereford Cathedral[58] 0676676
Leicester
(Bishop)
Canterbury Leicestershire; part of Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, and Warwickshire[59] Leicester Cathedral[60] 0679679
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[61] Lichfield Cathedral[62] 0664664
Lincoln
(Bishop)
Canterbury Lincolnshire; North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire except part of the west[63] Lincoln Cathedral[64] 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[65] Liverpool Cathedral[66] 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[67] St Paul's Cathedral 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[68] Manchester Cathedral[69] 18481848
Newcastle
(Bishop)
York Northumberland; Newcastle upon Tyne; North Tyneside; part of eastern Cumbria; part of County Durham[70] Newcastle Cathedral[71] 18821882
Norwich
(Bishop)
Diocese of Norwich arms.svg
Canterbury Norfolk except part of the west; part of northeastern Suffolk[72] Norwich Cathedral 10961096
Oxford
(Bishop)
Canterbury Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Buckinghamshire; part of Hampshire and Hertfordshire[73] Christ Church Cathedral 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[74] Peterborough Cathedral[75] 15411541
Portsmouth
(Bishop)
Canterbury The southeastern third of Hampshire; the Isle of Wight[76] Portsmouth Cathedral 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[77] Rochester Cathedral 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[78] St Albans Cathedral[79] 18771877
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
(Bishop)
Canterbury Suffolk except part of the northeast; part of Essex[80] St Edmundsbury Cathedral[81] 19141914
Salisbury
(Bishop)
Canterbury The southern three quarters of Wiltshire; Dorset except part of the east; part of Hampshire and Devon[82] Salisbury Cathedral 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[83] Sheffield Cathedral 19141914
Sodor and Man
(Bishop)
Bishopric.of.Sodor.arms.1845.jpg
York The Isle of Man[84] Peel Cathedral 0447447[85]
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[86] Southwark Cathedral 19051905
Southwell and Nottingham
(Bishop)
York Nottinghamshire; part of South Yorkshire[87] Southwell Minster 18841884
Truro
(Bishop)
C of E Diocese of Truro.svg
Canterbury Cornwall; the Isles of Scilly; part of Devon[88] Truro Cathedral 18771877
West Yorkshire and the Dales, also known as Leeds
(Bishop)
The arms of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.jpg
[89]
York West Yorkshire, western North Yorkshire, northern Barnsley Co-equally:
Ripon Cathedral,
Wakefield Cathedral,
Bradford Cathedral
201420 April 2014 (thereby dissolving the dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield)[8]
Winchester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Winchester arms.svg
Canterbury Winchester except the southeastern quarter and part of the northeast, west, and north; part of eastern Dorset; the Channel Islands[90] Winchester Cathedral 0662662
Worcester
(Bishop)
Diocese of Worcester arms.svg
Canterbury Worcestershire except part of the south and north; part of Wolverhampton, Sandwell, and northern Gloucestershire[91] Worcester Cathedral[92] 0680680
York
(Archbishop)
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[93] York Minster 0625625

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