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Diocese of Derby


Diocese of Derby

Diocese of Derby
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Chesterfield, Derby
Parishes 255
Churches 332
Cathedral Derby Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby
Suffragan Bishop of Repton (vacant)
Archdeacon Christopher Cunliffe, Archdeacon of Derby
Christine Wilson, Archdeacon of Chesterfield

The Diocese of Derby is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury, roughly covering the same area as the County of Derbyshire. Its diocesan bishop is the Bishop of Derby who has his seat at Derby Cathedral. He is assisted by the Suffragan Bishop of Repton.

The Diocese of Derby contains two archdeaconries: the Archdeaconry of Derby and the Archdeaconry of Chesterfield. The former archdeaconry is divided into the deaneries of Ashbourne, Derby North, Derby South, Duffield, Erewash, Heanor, Longford, Melbourne, and Repton, and the latter into the deaneries of Alfreton, Bakewell and Eyam, Bolsover and Staveley, Buxton, Chesterfield, Glossop, and Wirksworth.

The Archdeaconry of Derby was originally part of the Diocese of Lichfield, but was moved to form part of the Diocese of Southwell when that diocese was created in 1884. On 7 July 1927 the archdeaconries of Derby and Chesterfield became the Diocese of Derby.[1][2]


The current diocesan Bishop of Derby is Alastair Redfern, who is assisted the Bishop suffragan of Repton (which — currently vacant — see was created in 1954.) The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – who reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

There are four former bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:


  • Church of England Statistics 2002
  1. ^ Youngs Local Administrative Units of England
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33290. p. 4207. 1 July 1927. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Beak RMC".   (subscription required)
  4. ^ Nicholls, Rt Rev. John.  
  5. ^ Inwood, Rt Rev. Richard Neil.  
  6. ^ "Jupp RA".   (subscription required)

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