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]


Coat of arms[11] Province[1] Territory[1] Cathedral[12] Founded[13]
Bath and Wells
Dio Bath Wells arms.png
Canterbury Somerset Wells Cathedral[14] 0909909 (Diocese of Wells)[15]
Dio Birmingham arms.png
Canterbury West Midlands metropolitan county (except Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton), North Warwickshire St Philip's Cathedral[16] 19051905[17]
Dio Blackburn arms.png
York Lancashire (except West Lancashire and part of Ribble Valley) Blackburn Cathedral[18] 192612 November 1926
(from Manchester)[19]
Dio Bristol arms.png
Canterbury Bristol, South Gloucestershire, part of North Wiltshire including Swindon Bristol Cathedral[20] 1542.11542[21]
Archbishop of Canterbury arms.svg
Canterbury Eastern Kent Canterbury Cathedral[22] 0597597[23]
Diocese of Carlisle arms.svg
York Cumbria Carlisle Cathedral 11331133[24]
Canterbury Essex (traditional borders, including London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Newham and Barking & Dagenham) Chelmsford Cathedral 1914.11914
Diocese of Chester arms.svg
York Cheshire (except North Warrington), the Wirral, most of Stockport Chester Cathedral 15411541
Curious Myths p 32 arms.jpg
Canterbury Sussex Chichester Cathedral 10751075
Diocese of Coventry arms.svg
Canterbury Coventry, Warwickshire (except North Warwickshire) Coventry Cathedral 19181918
Canterbury Derbyshire Derby Cathedral 19271927[26]
York County Durham (except Teesdale), Tyne and Wear south of the River Tyne Durham Cathedral 0990990
Diocese of Ely arms.svg
Canterbury Cambridgeshire (except the Soke of Peterborough) and west Norfolk Ely Cathedral 11091109
Canterbury Continental Europe, Morocco, former Soviet Union, Turkey Gibraltar Cathedral 184221 August 1842 (Diocese of Gibraltar)[27]
Diocese of Exeter arms.svg
Canterbury Devon Exeter Cathedral 10501050
Diocese of Gloucester arms.svg
Canterbury Gloucestershire (except South Gloucestershire) Gloucester Cathedral 15411541
Diocese of Guildford arms.svg
Canterbury Surrey (except Tandridge and Spelthorne, part of East Hampshire Guildford Cathedral 19271927
Diocese of Hereford arms.svg
Canterbury Herefordshire, South-Western Shropshire Hereford Cathedral 0676676
Canterbury Leicestershire Leicester Cathedral 0679679
Diocese of Lichfield arms.svg
Canterbury Staffordshire, Walsall, Wolverhampton, North-Eastern Shropshire Lichfield Cathedral 0664664
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 10741074
York Merseyside (except Wirral), Warrington, West Lancashire Liverpool Cathedral 18801880
Diocese of London arms.svg
Canterbury Middlesex St Paul's Cathedral 0601601
Diocese of Manchester arms.svg
York Greater Manchester (except most of Stockport) Manchester Cathedral 18481848
York Northumberland, Tyne and Wear north of the River Tyne Newcastle Cathedral 18821882
Diocese of Norwich arms.svg
Canterbury Norfolk Norwich Cathedral 10961096
Canterbury Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire Christ Church Cathedral 15421542
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Canterbury Soke of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Rutland Peterborough Cathedral 15411541
Canterbury South-Eastern Hampshire, the Isle of Wight Portsmouth Cathedral 19271927
Diocese of Rochester arms.svg
Canterbury Western Kent, Bexley and Bromley) Rochester Cathedral 0604604
St Albans
Diocese of St Albans arms.svg
Canterbury Hertfordshire (except part of Broxbourne), Bedfordshire, part of Barnet St Albans Cathedral 18771877
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Canterbury Suffolk St Edmundsbury Cathedral 19141914
Canterbury Wiltshire (except Swindon and part of north Wiltshire), Dorset Salisbury Cathedral 10781078
York Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster Sheffield Cathedral 19141914
Sodor and Man
York The Isle of Man Peel Cathedral 0447447[28]
Diocese of Southwark arms.svg
Canterbury Greater London south of the River Thames (except Bexley and Bromley), Tandridge Southwark Cathedral 19051905
Southwell and Nottingham
York Nottinghamshire Southwell Minster 18841884
C of E Diocese of Truro.svg
Canterbury Cornwall Truro Cathedral 18771877
West Yorkshire and the Dales, also known as Leeds
The arms of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.jpg
York West Yorkshire and the Dales Co-equally:
Ripon Cathedral,
Wakefield Cathedral,
Bradford Cathedral
201420 April 2014 (thereby dissolving the dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds, and Wakefield)[8]
Diocese of Winchester arms.svg
Canterbury Northern and Western Hampshire including Southampton, the Channel Islands Winchester Cathedral 0662662
Diocese of Worcester arms.svg
Canterbury Worcestershire Worcester Cathedral 0680680
York City of York, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, Eastern North Yorkshire York Minster 0625625

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