Archdeacons in the Diocese of Liverpool

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The archdeacons in the Diocese of Liverpool are senior ecclesiastical officers in the Church of England in a highly irregular area surrounding the city of Liverpool. They are the archdeacons of Liverpool, of St Helens and Warrington, of Knowsley and Sefton, and of Wigan and West Lancashire; each one has responsibility over a geographical area within the diocese. The archdeacons are responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy within their archdeaconries. [1]

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History

The Archdeaconry of Liverpool was originally created on 10 August 1847 (from the Archdeaconry of Chester deaneries of Wirral and Warrington) [2] in the Diocese of Chester and transferred to the Diocese of Liverpool when the latter was created on 9 April 1880. [3] The Archdeaconry of Warrington was created from the Archdeaconry of Liverpool on 17 July 1880. [4] Prior to the 2015 reorganisation, the old Liverpool archdeaconry consisted of eight area deaneries: Bootle, Huyton, Liverpool North, Liverpool South-Childwall, Sefton, Toxteth and Wavertree, Walton, and West Derby; and the old Warrington archdeaconry of seven: North Meols, Ormskirk, St Helens, Warrington, Widnes, Wigan, and Winwick.

Reorganisation

Per the diocese's mission paper, Fit for Mission, prepared by Paul Bayes, the then-new Bishop of Liverpool, [5] the archdeaconries of the diocese were reorganised not long after the retirement of Peter Bradley as Archdeacon of Warrington at the end of October 2015. On 29 May 2015, it was announced that four archdeaconries would exist after the reorganisation: Liverpool (reduced in size from its current area), Knowsley and Sefton, St Helens and Warrington, and Wigan and West Lancashire; [6] on 9 August three archdeacons-designate were announced, and it was further indicated it was hoped the reorganisation could be completed in time to collate the new archdeacons on 14 November 2015. [7] On 5 November 2015, it was announced that Bayes had signed the pastoral order effecting the boundary changes and erection of the new archdeaconries. [8]

Following the reorganisation, the (reduced) Liverpool archdeaconry consists of five deaneries: Liverpool North, Liverpool South-Childwall, Toxteth and Wavertree, Walton, and West Derby; Knowsley and Sefton archdeaconry of four: Bootle, Huyton, North Meols, and Sefton; St Helens and Warrington archdeaconry of four: St Helens, Warrington, Widnes, and Winwick; and Wigan and West Lancashire archdeaconry of two: Ormskirk, and Wigan. [8]

List of archdeacons

Archdeacons of Liverpool

Since 9 April 1880, the archdeaconry has been in Liverpool diocese.
On 17 July 1880, the Archdeaconry of Warrington was split from the Liverpool archdeaconry. [4]
Much of the territory of the archdeaconry was given to the new Knowsley and Sefton archdeaconry.

Archdeacons of Warrington and of St Helens and Warrington

The archdeaconry was erected from the Liverpool archdeaconry on 17 July 1880.
  • 1880–1886 (res.): John Bardsley, [9] Vicar of St Saviour's, Liverpool (became Archdeacon of Liverpool) [10]
  • 1887–1889 (res.): William Lefroy, perpetual curate of St Andrew's, Liverpool (became Dean of Norwich) [29]
  • 1889–1895 (res.): William Taylor, [12] Vicar of St Chrysostom, Everton (until 1890), then Vicar of St Andrew, Toxteth Park (became Archdeacon of Liverpool) [13]
  • 1895–1906 (res.): Thomas Madden, Vicar of St Luke's, Liverpool (became Archdeacon of Liverpool) [15]
  • 1906–1916 (res.): Hardwicke Spooner, Rector of Walton-on-the-Hill (became Archdeacon of Liverpool) [16]
  • 1916–1933 (res.): George Howson, [30] Rector of Woolton (until 1923; became Archdeacon of Liverpool) [17]
  • 1933–1934 (res.): Cyril Twitchett (became Archdeacon of Liverpool) [18]
  • 1934–1947 (ret.): Percy Baker, Vicar of Mossley Hill (until 1935), then Rector of Winwick (afterwards archdeacon emeritus) [31]
  • 1947–1958 (ret.): Arthur White, Vicar of Billinge (until 1950; afterwards archdeacon emeritus) [32]
  • 1959–1970 (ret.): Eric Evans, Rector of North Meols (until 1968; afterwards archdeacon emeritus) [33]
  • 1970–1981 (res.): John Lawton, Rector of Winwick (afterwards archdeacon emeritus) [34]
  • 1981–2001 (ret.): David Woodhouse, Vicar of St Peter's, Hindley (until 1992; afterwards archdeacon emeritus) [35]
  • 2001 31 October 2015 (ret.): Peter Bradley [36]
The archdeaconry was renamed on 5 November 2015. [37]

Archdeacons of Knowsley and Sefton

The archdeaconry was erected on 5 November 2015.

Archdeacons of Wigan and West Lancashire

The archdeaconry was erected on 5 November 2015.

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