Anglican Diocese of Peterborough

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Diocese of Peterborough
Diocese of Peterborough arms.svg
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Northampton, Oakham
Parishes 352
Churches 386
Cathedral Peterborough Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop Donald Allister, Bishop of Peterborough
Suffragan John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth
Archdeacons Richard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton
Gordon Steele, Archdeacon of Oakham

The Diocese of Peterborough forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England. Its seat is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew, which was originally founded as a monastery in AD 655 and re-built in its present form between 1118 and 1238.


Founded at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1541 (it was until then part of the Diocese of Lincoln), the Diocese has parishes in:

Until 1927 the Peterborough diocese covered what is now the (modern) Diocese of Leicester.[1]

Peterborough Abbey became a cathedral at the Reformation, one of six wholly new bishoprics founded under Henry VIII. On 4 September 1541 letters patent were issued converting the abbey church of Peterborough into a cathedral church, with a dean and chapter and ecclesiastical staff. The last abbot, John Chambers, was consecrated in his former abbey church on 23 October 1541 as the first Bishop of Peterborough.

A link with the Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Bungoma was formed by the two bishops following the Lambeth Conference in 1998.


The Diocese is divided into two Archdeaconries:

The parts of the Peterborough unitary authority that are south of the River Nene and so, were in the historic county of Huntingdonshire rather than the Soke of Peterborough, fall within the Diocese of Ely. The Bishop of Peterborough has been commissioned as Assistant Bishop in the Ely Diocese so he can exercise pastoral care in these parishes, which include Stanground, Orton, Woodston, Yaxley and Fletton.[2][3][4] Thorney, historically in the Isle of Ely and now within the boundaries of the Peterborough unitary authority, is unaffected by this arrangement.[5]


The Bishop of Peterborough (Donald Allister) leads the diocese, and is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Brixworth (John Holbrook). The suffragan see of Brixworth was created by Order in Council on 26 July 1988.[6]

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor, Norman Banks, Bishop suffragan of Richborough, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there. There are also three former bishops living in the diocese who are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:


  1. The London Gazette: no. 33220. pp. 7321–7322. 12 November 1926. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
  2. "Bridging the divide in a city". Diocesan website - press releases. Diocese of Ely. 2004-07-29. Retrieved 2007-03-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Bishops bridge boundaries aboard boat" Peterborough Telegraph 2 August 2004
  4. "Bishop Donald becomes Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely" on the Peterborough Diocese website
  5. Boundary Review Report No. 1: Dioceses of Peterborough and Ely The Dioceses Commission, January 2010
  6. The London Gazette: no. 51444. p. 9349. 18 August 1988. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  7. "JR Flack". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 25 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  8. Urwin, Rt Rev. Lindsay Goodall. Who's Who. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "WP Benn". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 7 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)

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