Archdeacon of Ashford

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The Archdeacon of Ashford is a senior office-holder in the Diocese of Canterbury (a division of the Church of England Province of Canterbury). The Archdeacon of Ashford is an Anglican priest oversees the Archdeaconry of Ashford, which is one of three subdivisions of the diocese. The current (first and only) incumbent is Philip Down, who was collated Archdeacon of Ashford on 13 March 2011.[1]


The archdeaconry was created under the Pastoral Measure 1983, by Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover (exercising the functions of diocesan bishop delegated by the Archbishop of Canterbury) on 1 February 2011.[2] At the same time, it was decided that Down (then Archdeacon of Maidstone) would transfer to the newly created role.[3]


The archdeaconry covers a central and eastern portion the diocese. As of 2012, the archdeaconry of Ashford consists the following deaneries in the Diocese of Canterbury:[4]


  1. ^ News from Canterbury Diocese – Philip Down welcomed as the first Archdeacon of Ashford[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Section 14 Order – Creating the Archdeaconry of Ashford
  3. ^ Philip Down – Changes to the structure of the Diocese
  4. ^ Canterbury Diocese – Archdeaconry of Ashford[permanent dead link]