Diocese of Chichester

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Diocese of Chichester
Chichester Cathedral, Sussex south-west aspect.jpg
Chichester Cathedral
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Chichester, Horsham, Lewes & Hastings
Legal Jurisdictions
Bishops Court Court of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) of Chichester for the Archdeaconry of Chichester
Location of Archive
West Sussex Record Office

The Diocese of Chichester forms part of the Province of Canterbury of the Church of England.


The diocese was created in 1075 as a replacement for the Diocese of Selsey, which had been based at Selsey Abbey from 681.

The present area of the diocese covers:

Archdeaconries and deaneries

The diocese is divided into three Archdeaconries containing a total of twenty-one deaneries:

  • the Archdeaconry of Chichester
    • comprises the Deaneries of Arundel and Bognor; Brighton; Chichester; Hove; and Worthing
  • the Archdeaconry of Horsham
    • comprises the Deaneries of Cuckfield; East Grinstead; Horsham; Hurst; Midhurst; Petworth; Storrington; and Westbourne
  • the Archdeaconry of Lewes & Hastings
    • comprises the Deaneries of Battle and Bexhill; Dallington; Eastbourne; Hastings; Lewes and Seaford; Rotherfield; Rye; and Uckfield