List of Church of England dioceses

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Dioceses of Church of England
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A diocese is an administrative territorial unit governed by a bishop, of which there are currently 42 within the Church of England.[1] These cover all of England, and also the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and a small part of Wales.[1] The Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe is also a part of the Church of England, and covers the whole of mainland Europe, Morocco, Turkey and the territory of the former Soviet Union.[1]

The Anglican churches in the other constituent countries of the United Kingdom are separate entities from the Church of England, although they are full members of the worldwide Anglican Communion - see the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church of Ireland and the Church in Wales for an explanation of their diocesan organisation.

The structure of dioceses within the Church of England was initially inherited from the Roman Catholic Church as part of the 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 were created in 1927. 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]


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

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  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)