Diocese

Some would regard the diocese as the primary unit of the Church of England.   Others would put the parish in this position.   Be that as it may, the diocese is a specific geographical area over which the bishop exercises his pastoral oversight.   It is also known as a see.    Here is a list of them with the dates of their foundation:


Bath and Wells 909  Exeter 1050 Ripon & Leeds 1836
Birmingham1905 Gloucester 1541 Rochester 604
Blackburn 1926 Guildford 1927 St Albans 1877
Bradford 1919 Hereford c676  St Edmundsbury & Ipswich 1914
Bristol 1542 Leicester 1926 Salisbury 1075
Canterbury 597 Lichfield 664 Sheffield 1914
Carlisle 1133 Lincoln 1072 Sodor & Man 447
Chelmsford 1914 Liverpool 1880 Southwark 1905
Chester 1541 London 314 Southwell & Nottingham 1884
Chichester 1070 Manchester 1847 Truro 1877
Coventry 1918 Newcastle 1882 Wakefield 1888
Derby 1927 Norwich 1094 Winchester 676
Durham 635 Oxford 1542 Worcester 679
Ely 1109 Peterborough 1541 York 627
Europe 1980 Portsmouth 1927  

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