Diocese of London

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Diocese of London

Dioecesis Londiniensis
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Location
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Charing Cross; Hackney; Hampstead; London; Middlesex; Northolt
Statistics
Area460 km2 (180 sq mi)
Parishes403 [1]
Churches475 [1]
Information
Established4th Century
Cathedral St Paul's
Co-cathedral Westminster Abbey (1550–1556 only)
Patron saint Saint Paul
Language English
Current leadership
Bishop Sarah Mullally
Suffragans Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham
Rob Wickham, area Bishop of Edmonton
Ric Thorpe, Bishop of Islington
area Bishop of Kensington (vacant; bishop-designate: Emma Ineson)
Joanne Grenfell, area Bishop of Stepney
Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, area Bishop of Willesden
Archdeacons Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London;
John Hawkins, Archdeacon of Hampstead
Richard Frank, Archdeacon of Middlesex
Adam Atkinson Archdeacon of Charing Cross
Catherine Pickford, Archdeacon of Northolt
Peter Farley-Moore, Archdeacon of Hackney
Website
london.anglican.org
Map of the Diocese of London in 1714. The current diocesan boundaries are greatly reduced. A large western tract and narrow eastern tract of Hertfordshire lay in this diocese, the rest in the Diocese of Lincoln; the whole county is in the Diocese of Saint Albans today. Diocese of London Survey by John Harris 1714.jpg
Map of the Diocese of London in 1714. The current diocesan boundaries are greatly reduced. A large western tract and narrow eastern tract of Hertfordshire lay in this diocese, the rest in the Diocese of Lincoln; the whole county is in the Diocese of Saint Albans today.

The Diocese of London forms part of the Church of England's Province of Canterbury in England.

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It lies directly north of the Thames. For centuries the diocese covered a vast tract and bordered the dioceses of Norwich and Lincoln to the north and west. The present diocese covers 177 square miles (460 km2) and 17 London boroughs, covering most of Greater London north of the River Thames and west of the River Lea. This area covers nearly all of the historic county of Middlesex. It includes the City of London in which lies its cathedral, St Paul's, and also encompasses Spelthorne which is in modern-day Surrey.

The Report of the Commissioners appointed by his Majesty to inquire into the Ecclesiastical Revenues of England and Wales (1835), noted the annual net income for the London see was £13,929. [2] This made it the third wealthiest diocese in England after Canterbury and Durham.

The historic county of Essex formed part of the diocese until 1846 when it became part of the Diocese of Rochester, after which St Albans and since 1914 forms the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Organisation

Following the huge growth of the metropolis and its population in the 19th century, successive Bishops of London successfully campaigned for the appointment of several suffragan bishops to assist them in the care of the northern half of what became the County of London and later Greater London. A system of assigning "districts" to these suffragans evolved into an experimental area scheme in 1970. [3] An archbishop's commission on the diocesan arrangements in Greater London was established in 1975 and chaired by Edmund Compton; [4] its report considered but did not recommend forming all Greater London into an ecclesiastical province. [5]

Since the formal institution of the London area scheme (the first of its kind) in 1979, [6] the diocese has been divided into five episcopal areas, each of which is the particular responsibility of one of the diocese's suffragan bishops. It is further divided into archdeaconries and deaneries, as shown below.

Episcopal areaArchdeaconryDeaneries
Two Cities Episcopal Area

(Bishop of London)

Archdeaconry of London Deanery of the City of London
Archdeaconry of Charing Cross Deanery of Westminster Paddington
Deanery of Westminster St Margaret
Deanery of Westminster St Marylebone
Edmonton Episcopal Area

(area Bishop of Edmonton)

Archdeaconry of Hampstead Deanery of Central Barnet
Deanery of West Barnet
Deanery of North Camden (Hampstead)
Deanery of South Camden (St Pancras and Holborn)
Deanery of Enfield
Deanery of East Haringey
Deanery of West Haringey
Kensington Episcopal Area

(area Bishop of Kensington)

Archdeaconry of Middlesex Deanery of Hammersmith and Fulham
Deanery of Hampton
Deanery of Hounslow
Deanery of Kensington
Deanery of Chelsea
Deanery of Spelthorne
Stepney Episcopal Area

(area Bishop of Stepney)

Archdeaconry of Hackney Deanery of Hackney
Deanery of Islington
Deanery of Tower Hamlets
Willesden Episcopal Area

(area Bishop of Willesden)

Archdeaconry of Northolt Deanery of Brent
Deanery of Ealing
Deanery of Harrow
Deanery of Hillingdon


Bishops

Under the London area scheme the diocesan bishop, the Bishop of London retains oversight of the two cities of London and Westminster while the four area bishops have responsibility in their own episcopal areas. The suffragan see of Stepney was created in 1895, Kensington in 1901, Willesden in 1911 and Edmonton in 1970. The suffragan see of Marlborough existed from 1888 to 1918. On 1 May 2015, it was announced [7] that Richard Chartres' (then-Bishop of London) proposal to take the See of Islington out of abeyance for the appointment of a "bishop for church plants" [8] would go ahead. Ric Thorpe was consecrated bishop suffragan of Islington on 29 September 2015.

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which do not accept the ordination of women as priests) is provided by a fifth suffragan bishop, Jonathan Baker, Bishop of Fulham, who has the same ministry in the Southwark and Rochester dioceses. During a lengthy vacancy in that see, alternative episcopal oversight was offered by the area Bishop of Edmonton.

There are also several retired bishops living in the diocese, some of whom are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:

Schools

The London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) has responsibility for 163 Church of England schools within the London diocese, across 18 local authorities. [16]

Fraud

In December 2022, Martin Sargeant, formerly Head of Operations in the Two Cities, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court to five years in prison for defrauding the London Diocese of £5.2m. [17]

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  16. LDBS https://www.ldbs.co.uk/our-schools/
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