- Diocese of Carlisle
Diocese of Carlisle Location Ecclesiastical province York Archdeaconries Carlisle,
Westmorland and Furness
Statistics Parishes 267 Churches 349 Information Cathedral Carlisle Cathedral Current leadership Bishop James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle Suffragan Robert Freeman, Bishop of Penrith Archdeacons George Howe, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness
Dr Richard Pratt, Archdeacon of West Cumberland
Kevin Roberts, Archdeacon of Carlisle
The Diocese of Carlisle was created in 1133 by Henry I out of part of the Diocese of Durham, although many people of Celtic descent in the area looked to Glasgow for spiritual leadership. The first bishop was Æthelwold, formerly the king's confessor and now prior of the Augustinian priory at Nostell in Yorkshire. Carlisle was thus the only cathedral in England to be run by Augustinians instead of Benedictines. This only lasted until the reign of Henry III however, when the Augustinians in Carlisle joined the rebels who temporarily handed the city over to Scotland and elected their own bishop. When the revolt was ended, the Augustinians were expelled.
The seat of the diocese is the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Carlisle.
The Diocese covers the most of the non-metropolitan county of Cumbria; Alston Moor is part of the Diocese of Newcastle, and the former Sedbergh Rural District is part of the Diocese of Bradford. The diocese originally only covered the northern parts of Cumberland and Westmorland, and expanded to cover the entirety of these, as well as the Furness and Cartmel areas of Lancashire, in 1847, from part of the Diocese of Chester, although this did not take effect until 1856.
Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries Diocese of Carlisle Archdeaconry of Carlisle Rural Deanery of Carlisle Rural Deanery of Appleby Rural Deanery of Brampton Rural Deanery of Penrith Archdeaconry of West Cumberland Rural Deanery of Calder Rural Deanery of Derwent Rural Deanery of Solway Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness Rural Deanery of Barrow Rural Deanery of Furness Rural Deanery of Kendal Rural Deanery of Windermere
From 1889 to 1939, the diocese had one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Barrow-in-Furness, and from 1939 until 1944, two suffragans bishops (Penrith and Barrow), before the see of Barrow went into the abeyance in which it remains to date.
- Church of England Statistics 2002
- Diocese of Carlisle
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