Diocese of Newcastle

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Coordinates: 54°58′12″N 1°36′40″W / 54.97000°N 1.61111°W / 54.97000; -1.61111

Diocese of Newcastle
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Lindisfarne, Northumberland
Parishes 177
Churches 242
Cathedral Newcastle Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Bishop of Newcastle (vacant; acting: the Assistant Bishop)
Suffragan Frank White, Assistant Bishop of Newcastle[N 1]
Archdeacons Geoff Miller, Archdeacon of Northumberland
Dr Peter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne

The Diocese of Newcastle is a Church of England diocese based in Newcastle upon Tyne, covering the historic county of Northumberland (and therefore including the northern part of Tyne and Wear). The area of Alston Moor in Cumbria also forms part of the diocese.

The diocese came into being on 23 May 1882,[1] and was one of four created by the Bishoprics Act 1878 (41 & 42 Vict. c. 68) for industrial areas with rapidly expanding populations. The area of the diocese was taken from the part of the Diocese of Durham which was north of the River Tyne, and was defined in the legislation as comprising:
"the county of Northumberland, and the counties of the towns of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and to include such detached parts of any other county as are under any Act of Parliament deemed to form part of the county of Northumberland, or have been or can be transferred to the county of Northumberland by the justices in general or quarter sessions assembled, and to include also the ancient common law parish of Alston with its chapelries in the county of Cumberland".[1]

The cathedral is Newcastle Cathedral (until 1882 the Parish Church of St Nicholas) and the acting bishop is the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, Frank White.


The diocesan Bishop of Newcastle is the ordinary of the diocese and is assisted by the Assistant Bishop of Newcastle (who is technically a stipendiary assistant bishop since there is no suffragan bishop in the diocese – although there is one lapsed suffragan see.) Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV) the Bishop suffragan of Beverley, Glyn Webster. He is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there. Besides Webster, there are two retired honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:


  1. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 25110. p. 2393. 23 May 1882. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Richardson JH". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 9 November 2013.  (subscription required)[dead link]
  3. ^ Pedley, Rt Rev. (Geoffrey) Stephen. Who's Who 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Appointments". Church Times (#7920). 2 January 2014. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 2 January 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Packer JR". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 23 August 2014.  (subscription required)[dead link]
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  1. ^ The Assistant Bishop of Newcastle is not technically or legally a suffragan bishop, but generally acts as one in every other way.

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