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, each being an administrative territorial unit governed by a bishop.[1] These cover all of England, and also the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and a small part of Wales.[1] The Diocese in Europe is also a part of the Church of England, and covers the whole of continental Europe, Morocco and the post-Soviet states.[1] The Anglican churches in the other countries of the United Kingdom are separate entities from the Church of England, although they are full members of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The structure of dioceses within the Church of England was initially inherited from the Catholic Church as part of the Protestant Reformation. During the Reformation a number of new dioceses were founded, but no more were then created until the middle of the 19th century, when dioceses were founded mainly in response to the growing population, especially in the northern industrial cities. The most recent to be established was the Diocese of Leeds, which came into being on 20 April 2014. The 42 dioceses are divided into two provinces, the Province of Canterbury with 30 and the Province of York with 12.[1] The archbishops of Canterbury and York have pastoral oversight over the bishops within their province, along with certain other rights and responsibilities.[1]


Coat of arms Province Territory Cathedral Founded
Bath and Wells
Dio Bath Wells arms.png
Canterbury Somerset Wells Cathedral 0909909
Dio Birmingham arms.png
Canterbury West Midlands metropolitan county (except Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton), North Warwickshire Birmingham Cathedral 1905.113 January 1905
(from Worcester)
Dio Blackburn arms.png
York Lancashire (except West Lancashire and part of Ribble Valley) Blackburn Cathedral 192612 November 1926
(from Manchester)
Dio Bristol arms.png
Canterbury Bristol, South Gloucestershire, part of North Wiltshire including Swindon Bristol Cathedral 1542.14 June 1542
(suppressed 1836–1897)
Archbishop of Canterbury arms.svg
Canterbury Eastern Kent Canterbury Cathedral 0597597
Diocese of Carlisle arms.svg
York Cumbria Carlisle Cathedral 11331133
Canterbury Essex (traditional borders, including London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Newham and Barking & Dagenham) Chelmsford Cathedral 1914.123 January 1914
(from St Albans)
Diocese of Chester arms.svg
York Cheshire (except North Warrington), the Wirral, most of Stockport Chester Cathedral 1541.14 August 1541
Curious Myths p 32 arms.jpg
Canterbury Sussex Chichester Cathedral 0681.1681 (at Selsey;
at Chichester since 1075)
Diocese of Coventry arms.svg
Canterbury Coventry, Warwickshire (except North Warwickshire) Coventry Cathedral 11021102
(suppressed 1539–1918)
Canterbury Derbyshire Derby Cathedral 1927.37 July 1927
(from Southwell)
York County Durham (except Teesdale), Tyne and Wear south of the River Tyne Durham Cathedral 0635635 (at Lindisfarne;
at Durham since 995)
Diocese of Ely arms.svg
Canterbury Cambridgeshire (except the Soke of Peterborough) and west Norfolk Ely Cathedral 110921 November 1108
Canterbury Continental Europe, Morocco, former Soviet Union, Turkey Gibraltar Cathedral 184229 September 1842 (Diocese of Gibraltar)
Diocese of Exeter arms.svg
Canterbury Devon Exeter Cathedral 0905905 (at Tawton;
at Crediton c909–1050;
at Exeter since 1050)
Diocese of Gloucester arms.svg
Canterbury Gloucestershire (except South Gloucestershire) Gloucester Cathedral 1541.23 September 1541
Diocese of Guildford arms.svg
Canterbury Surrey (except Tandridge and Spelthorne, part of East Hampshire Guildford Cathedral 1927.11 May 1927
(from Winchester)
Diocese of Hereford arms.svg
Canterbury Herefordshire, South-Western Shropshire Hereford Cathedral 0676676
York West Yorkshire and the Dales Co-equally:
Ripon Cathedral,
Wakefield Cathedral,
Bradford Cathedral
201420 April 2014[3]
Canterbury Leicestershire Leicester Cathedral 0681.2681
(suppressed c878–1927)
Diocese of Lichfield arms.svg
Canterbury Staffordshire, Walsall, Wolverhampton, North-Eastern Shropshire Lichfield Cathedral 0656656 (at Repton;
at Lichfield 669–1075; since 1228)
Canterbury The ceremonial county of Lincolnshire, comprising the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire and the area covered by the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire and North-East Lincolnshire. Lincoln Cathedral 0678678 (at Lindsey;
at Lincoln since 1072;
or bef. 314)
York Merseyside (except Wirral), Warrington, West Lancashire Liverpool Cathedral 18809 April 1880
(from Chester)
Diocese of London arms.svg
Canterbury Middlesex St Paul's Cathedral 0604.1604 (or bef. 314)
Diocese of Manchester arms.svg
York Greater Manchester (except most of Stockport) Manchester Cathedral 18471 September 1847
(from Chester)
York Northumberland, Tyne and Wear north of the River Tyne Newcastle Cathedral 188223 May 1882
(from Durham)
Diocese of Norwich arms.svg
Canterbury Norfolk Norwich Cathedral 0631631 (at Dunwich;
at Norwich since 1094)
Canterbury Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire Christ Church Cathedral 1542.21 September 1542
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Canterbury Soke of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Rutland Peterborough Cathedral 1541.34 September 1541
Canterbury South-Eastern Hampshire, the Isle of Wight Portsmouth Cathedral 1927.21 May 1927
(from Winchester)
Diocese of Rochester arms.svg
Canterbury Western Kent, Bexley and Bromley) Rochester Cathedral 0604.2604
St Albans
Diocese of St Albans arms.svg
Canterbury Hertfordshire (except part of Broxbourne), Bedfordshire, part of Barnet St Albans Cathedral 18774 May 1877
(from Rochester)
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Canterbury Suffolk St Edmundsbury Cathedral 1914.223 January 1914
(from Ely and Norwich)
Canterbury Wiltshire (except Swindon and part of north Wiltshire), Dorset Salisbury Cathedral 0705705 (at Sherborne;
at Salisbury since 1078)
York Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster Sheffield Cathedral 1914.323 January 1914
(from York)
Sodor and Man
York The Isle of Man Peel Cathedral 11541154 (originally)
Diocese of Southwark arms.svg
Canterbury Greater London south of the River Thames (except Bexley and Bromley), Tandridge Southwark Cathedral 1905.21 May 1905
(from Rochester)
Southwell and Nottingham
York Nottinghamshire Southwell Minster 18845 February 1884
(from Lichfield & Lincoln)
C of E Diocese of Truro.svg
Canterbury Cornwall Truro Cathedral 187615 December 1876
(from Exeter)
Diocese of Winchester arms.svg
Canterbury Northern and Western Hampshire including Southampton, the Channel Islands Winchester Cathedral 0634634 (at Dorchester;
at Winchester since 660)
Diocese of Worcester arms.svg
Canterbury Worcestershire Worcester Cathedral 0680680
York City of York, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, Eastern North Yorkshire York Minster 0626626 (or bef. 314)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Organisation of the Church of England". The Church of England. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "List of all Bishops". Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  3. ^ The Transformation Programme – First new diocese for more than 85 years created on April 20 (Accessed 19 April 2014)