Archdeacon of Birmingham

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The Archdeacon of Birmingham is a senior ecclesiastical officer within the Diocese of Birmingham.

The archdeaconry was created by Order-in-Council on 12 August 1892 within the Diocese of Worcester[1] but became part of the new Diocese of Birmingham upon its creation by Order-in-Council on 13 January 1905.[2]

The Archdeacon is responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy[3] within the seven area deaneries: Central Birmingham, Edgbaston, Handsworth, Kings Norton, Moseley, Shirley, and Warley.

The post is currently held by The Venerable Hayward Osborne.

List of archdeacons[edit]

The archdeaconry was transferred from the diocese of Worcester to the newly created diocese of Birmingham by Order-in-Council on 13 January 1905.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 26316". The London Gazette. 12 August 1892. pp. 4569–4582. 
  2. ^ a b "No. 27754". The London Gazette. 13 January 1905. pp. 311–312. 
  3. ^ "ABCD: a basic church dictionary" Meakin, T: Norwich, Canterbury Press, 2001 ISBN 978-1-85311-420-5
  4. ^ "Allen Collection". Mundus. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Birmingham Post – Archdeacon to retire after 40 years of service
  6. ^ "The Ven the Archdeacon of Birmingham". Debretts. Retrieved 17 June 2012.