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Diocese of Gloucester

Diocese of Gloucester
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Cheltenham, Gloucester
Parishes 323
Churches 396
Cathedral Gloucester Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester[1]
Suffragan Martyn Snow, Bishop of Tewkesbury[2]
Archdeacons Robert Springett, Archdeacon of Cheltenham
Jackie Searle, Archdeacon of Gloucester

The Diocese of Gloucester is a Church of England diocese based in Gloucester, covering the non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire. The cathedral is Gloucester Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Gloucester. It is part of the Province of Canterbury.


  • History 1
  • Organisation 2
    • Bishops 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The diocese was founded during the English Reformation in 1541 from part of the Diocese of Hereford and the Diocese of Worcester. In 1542 the Diocese of Bristol was created to cover Bristol, but on 5 October 1836 it was merged back with Gloucester diocese as the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol;[3] Bristol became an independent diocese again on 9 July 1897.[4]

The diocese has twinning links with the dioceses of Dornakal and Karnataka Central in the Church of South India, Västerås in Sweden, El Camino Real in California, USA, and Western Tanganyika in Tanzania. It is currently supporting the work of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika to build a new high school.


The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, Cheltenham, headed by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham, Robert Springett, and Gloucester, headed by the Archdeacon of Gloucester, Jackie Searle. The Archdeaconry of Cheltenham consists of the deaneries of Cheltenham, Cirencester, North Cotswolds, & Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, and the Archdeaconry of Gloucester consists of the deaneries of Forest, Gloucester City, Severn Vale, Stroud, & Wotton.


The diocesan Bishop of Gloucester is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Tewkesbury, Martyn Snow (whose see was created in 1938.) 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 seven former bishops licensed as honorary assistant bishops in the diocese:


  1. ^ Diocese of Gloucester — The Bishop of Gloucester Designate (Accessed 26 March 2015)
  2. ^ Gloucester Diocese – New Bishop of Tewkesbury (Accessed 2 August 2013)
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 19426. pp. 1734–1738. 7 October 1836. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 26871. p. 3787. 9 July 1897. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Neale JRG".   (subscription required)
  6. ^ Firth, Rt Rev. Peter James.  
  7. ^ Harris, Rt Rev. Patrick Burnet.  
  8. ^ Jennings, Rt Rev. David Willfred Michael.  
  9. ^ Evens, Rt Rev. Robert John Scott.  
  10. ^ "Priddis AM".   (subscription required)
  11. ^ "Hill CJ".   (subscription required)
  • Church of England Statistics 2002

External links

  • Diocese of Gloucester
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