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The diocese was the basic geographical division of the church from the earliest times. There was a continual rearrangement of dioceses before the Normans, but the system established by them in the eleventh century remained until the nineteenth century, altered only slightly in the sixteenth century.

Dioceses of the Church of England

Dioceses are directed by a bishop with ordinary jurisdiction, and the town in which his cathedral is located is properly called a city. On occasion, the term 'city' has been granted to other towns by royal letters patent (Cambridge and Southampton in the 20th century, for example).

The 44 dioceses are divided into two Provinces, the Province of Canterbury (with 30) and the Province of York (with 14). The archbishops of Canterbury and York have pastoral oversight over the bishops within their province, along with certain other rights and responsibilities.

Church of England Dioceses

Diocese Province Territory Cathedral Founded
Bath and Wells Canterbury Somerset Wells Cathedral 0909909
Birmingham Canterbury West Midlands metropolitan county (except Coventry, Walsall and Wolverhampton), North Warwickshire Birmingham Cathedral 19061906, from Worcester
Blackburn York Lancashire (except West Lancashire and part of Ribble Valley) Blackburn Cathedral 19261926, from Manchester
Bradford York Bradford, Craven, part of Ribble Valley Bradford Cathedral 19201920, from Ripon
Bristol Canterbury Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, part of North Wiltshire Bristol Cathedral 15421542
Canterbury Canterbury Eastern Kent Canterbury Cathedral 0597597
Carlisle York Cumbria Carlisle Cathedral 11331133
Chelmsford Canterbury Essex (traditional borders, including London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Havering, Newham and Barking & Dagenham) Chelmsford Cathedral 19141914, from St Albans
Chester York Cheshire (except North Warrington), Wirral, part of Stockport Chester Cathedral 15411541
Chichester Canterbury Sussex Chichester Cathedral 10751075
Coventry Canterbury Coventry, Warwickshire (except North Warwickshire) Coventry Cathedral 19181918, from Worcester
Derby Canterbury Derbyshire Derby Cathedral 19271927, from Southwell
Durham York County Durham (except Teesdale), Tyne and Wear south of the River Tyne Durham Cathedral 0995995
Ely Canterbury Cambridgeshire (except the Soke of Peterborough) and west Norfolk Ely Cathedral 11091109
Exeter Canterbury Devon Exeter Cathedral 10501050
Gibraltar in Europe Canterbury Continental Europe, Morocco, former Soviet Union, Turkey Gibraltar Cathedral 18421842
Gloucester Canterbury Gloucestershire (except South Gloucestershire) Gloucester Cathedral 15411541
Guildford Canterbury Surrey (except Tandridge), part of East Hampshire Guildford Cathedral 19271927, from Winchester
Hereford Canterbury Herefordshire, South-Western Shropshire Hereford Cathedral 0676676
Leicester Canterbury Leicestershire Leicester Cathedral 19271927, from Peterborough
Lichfield Canterbury Staffordshire, Walsall, Wolverhampton, North-Eastern Shropshire Lichfield Cathedral 0669669
Lincoln Canterbury Lincolnshire Lincoln Cathedral 10721072
Liverpool York Merseyside (except Wirral), Warrington, West Lancashire Liverpool Cathedral 18801880, from Chester
London Canterbury Middlesex St Paul's Cathedral 0604604
Manchester York Greater Manchester (except most of Stockport) Manchester Cathedral 18471847, from Chester
Newcastle York Northumberland, Tyne and Wear north of the River Tyne Newcastle Cathedral 18821882, from Durham
Norwich Canterbury Norfolk (except west of Great Ouse), Lothingland in Suffolk Norwich Cathedral 10911091 (from Elmham (673) via Thetford (1070))
Oxford Canterbury Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire (except Spelthorne) Christ Church Cathedral 15421542
Peterborough Canterbury Soke of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Rutland Peterborough Cathedral 15411541
Portsmouth Canterbury South-Eastern Hampshire, the Isle of Wight Portsmouth Cathedral 19271927, from Winchester
Ripon and Leeds York Leeds, Western North Yorkshire, Teesdale Ripon Cathedral 18361836, from York
Rochester Canterbury Western Kent Rochester Cathedral 0604604
St Albans Canterbury Hertfordshire (except part of Broxbourne), Bedfordshire, part of Barnet St Albans Cathedral 18771877, from Rochester
St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Canterbury Suffolk (except Lothingland) St Edmundsbury Cathedral 19141914, from Ely and Norwich
Salisbury Canterbury Wiltshire (except Swindon and part of north Wiltshire), Dorset Salisbury Cathedral 10781078
Sheffield York Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster Sheffield Cathedral 19141914, from York
Sodor and Man York The Isle of Man Peel Cathedral 11541154
Southwark Canterbury Greater London south of the River Thames, Tandridge Southwark Cathedral 19051905, from Rochester
Southwell and Nottingham York Nottinghamshire Southwell Minster 18841884, from Lichfield/Lincoln
Truro Canterbury Cornwall Truro Cathedral 18761876, from Exeter
Wakefield York Wakefield, Barnsley, Kirklees, Calderdale Wakefield Cathedral 18881888, from Ripon
Winchester Canterbury Northern and Western Hampshire, the Channel Islands Winchester Cathedral 0662662
Worcester Canterbury Worcestershire Worcester Cathedral 0680680
York York City of York, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, Eastern North Yorkshire York Minster 0625625

 

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