Archdeacon of Blackburn

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The Archdeacon of Blackburn is a senior ecclesiastical officer within the Diocese of Blackburn. Originally created on 17 August 1877[1] within the Diocese of Manchester, the office became a part of the new Diocese of Blackburn upon her creation on 12 November 1926.[2]

As archdeacon she or he is responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy[3] within the seven area deaneries: Accrington, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Chorley, Leyland, Pendle and Whalley.

The post is currently vacant following the retirement of John Hawley.

List of archdeacons[edit]

The archdeaconry was transferred from the diocese of Manchester to the newly created diocese of Blackburn by Order-in-Council on 12 November 1926.[2]


  1. ^ "No. 24495". The London Gazette. 17 August 1877. pp. 4789–4791. 
  2. ^ a b "No. 33220". The London Gazette. 12 November 1926. p. 7321. 
  3. ^ "ABCD: a basic church dictionary" Meakin, T: Norwich, Canterbury Press, 2001 ISBN 978-1-85311-420-5
  4. ^ "Church Times". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  5. ^ Lancashire Telegraph — Warm welcome for historic Hyndburn churches' new vicar (Accessed 31 January 2016)
  6. ^ The Parish of Adlington St Paul — Notices, Sunday 8 Nov 2015[permanent dead link] (Accessed 31 January 2016)
  7. ^ National Archdeacons' Forum — Archdeacons’ News, January 2015 (sic) (Accessed 31 January 2016)
  8. ^ Diocese of Blackburn — New Archdeacon of Blackburn is announced (Accessed 27 November 2015)