Diocese of Hereford

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Diocese of Hereford
Diocese of Hereford arms.svg
Arms of the See of Hereford: Gules, three leopard's faces reversed jessant-de-lys or. These are the arms of Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe (d.1282)
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Hereford, Ludlow
Parishes 347
Churches 423
Cathedral Hereford Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Richard Frith, Bishop of Hereford
Suffragan Alistair Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow
Archdeacons Alistair Magowan, Bishop-Archdeacon of Ludlow
Paddy Benson, Archdeacon of Hereford

The Diocese of Hereford is a Church of England diocese based in Hereford, covering Herefordshire, southern Shropshire and a few parishes within Worcestershire in England, and a few parishes within Powys and Monmouthshire in Wales. The cathedral is Hereford Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Hereford. The diocese is one of the oldest in England (created in 676 and based on the minor sub-kingdom of the Magonsæte) and is part of the Province of Canterbury.

On 16 July 2014, it was announced that Richard Frith, Bishop suffragan of Hull, was to become the next Bishop of Hereford;[1] Frith's canonical election was confirmed on 17 October 2014.


The diocesan Bishop of Hereford (Richard Frith) is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Ludlow, Alistair Magowan (whose see was created in 1981.) The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – who reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

Clive Young, Bishop suffragan of Dunwich, retired to Kenderchurch in 2013 and has been licensed as honorary assistant bishop of the diocese.[2] Another retired bishop, Michael Westall (Bishop of South West Tanganyika) lives in Kingstone, Herefordshire.[3]


  1. ^ Diocese of Hereford – New Bishop named for Diocese of Hereford (Accessed 16 July 2014)
  2. ^ "Young C". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  (subscription required)[dead link]
  3. ^ "Westall MR". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  (subscription required)[dead link]


  • Haydn's Book of Dignities (1894) Joseph Haydn/Horace Ockerby, reprinted 1969
  • Whitaker's Almanack 1883 to 2004, Joseph Whitaker and Sons Ltd/A&C Black, London
  • Church of England Statistics 2002

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Coordinates: 52°03′15″N 2°42′58″W / 52.0542°N 2.7160°W / 52.0542; -2.7160