Diocese of Blackburn

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Diocese of Blackburn

Dioecesis Blackburnensis
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Coat of arms
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Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Blackburn, Lancaster
Cathedral Blackburn Cathedral
Language English
Current leadership
Bishop Bishop of Blackburn (vacant; bishop-designate: Philip North; acting: the Bishop suffragan of Burnley)
Suffragans Philip North, Bishop of Burnley
Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster
Archdeacons Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn
David Picken, Archdeacon of Lancaster

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created on 12 November 1926 [1] from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool and Burnley, the cities of Lancaster and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley. The cathedral is Blackburn Cathedral. The See is currently vacant following the retirement of Julian Henderson.

The diocesan retreat and conference centre is located at Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley, alongside the ruins of the 14th-century Cistercian monastery, dissolved in 1537. The abbey was in private possession until 1923 and has been in the possession of the Diocese of Blackburn since 1926.


Alongside the diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, the diocese has two suffragan bishops: Jill Duff, Bishop suffragan of Lancaster, consecrated in 2018; and Philip North, Bishop suffragan of Burnley, appointed in 2015.

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by Philip North, Bishop suffragan of Burnley.

Archdeaconries and deaneries

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Blackburn Archdeaconry of Blackburn Deanery of Accrington
Deanery of Blackburn with Darwen
Deanery of Burnley
Deanery of Chorley
Deanery of Leyland
Deanery of Pendle
Deanery of Whalley
Archdeaconry of Lancaster Deanery of Blackpool
Deanery of Garstang
Deanery of Kirkham
Deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe
Deanery of Poulton
Deanery of Preston
Deanery of Tunstall

Churches within the diocese

Deanery of Accrington

Area Dean: the Revd Canon David Arnold

Deanery of Blackburn with Darwen

Area Dean: the Revd Canon Andrew Horsfall

Deanery of Burnley

Area Dean: the Revd Munawar Din

Deanery of Chorley

Area Dean: the Revd Neil Kelley

Deanery of Leyland

Area Dean: the Revd Marc Wolverson

Deanery of Pendle

Area Dean: the Revd Lesley Hinchcliffe

Deanery of Whalley

Area Dean: the Revd Jonathan Carmylie

Deanery of Blackpool

Area Dean: the Revd Peter Lillicrap

Deanery of Garstang

Area Dean: the Revd Andrew Wilkinson

Deanery of Kirkham

Area Dean: the Revd Anne Beverley

Deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe

Area Dean: vacant

Deanery of Poulton

Area Dean: the Revd Jane Atkinson

Deanery of Preston

Area Dean: the Revd David Hanson

Deanery of Tunstall

Area Dean: vacant

Disused churches

This list is not exhaustive.

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