- Diocese of Lincoln
Diocese of Lincoln Location Ecclesiastical province Canterbury Archdeaconries Lincoln, Lindsey, Stow Statistics Parishes 515 Churches 640 Information Cathedral Lincoln Cathedral Current leadership Bishop Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln Suffragans David Rossdale, Bishop of Grimsby
Tim Ellis, Bishop of Grantham
Archdeacons Jane Sinclair, Archdeacon of Stow and Lindsey
Tim Barker, Archdeacon of Lincoln
The diocese traces its roots in an unbroken line to the Diocese of Lindine (or Lindsey) founded in 678. The see of Lindsey was united with the bishopric of Dorchester in the early 11th century. The diocese was then the largest in England, extending from the River Thames to the Humber Estuary. In 1072, Bishop Remigius de Fécamp under William the Conqueror moved the see to Lincoln, although the Bishops of Lincoln retained significant landholdings within Oxfordshire. Because of this historic link, for a long time Banbury remained a peculier of the Bishop of Lincoln.
The dioceses of Oxford and Peterborough were created in 1541 out of parts of the diocese, which left the diocese with two disconnected fragments, north and south. In 1837 the southern part was transferred to other dioceses: Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire to the Diocese of Ely, Hertfordshire to the Diocese of Rochester and Buckinghamshire to the Diocese of Oxford. Also in 1837 the county of Leicestershire was transferred from Lincoln to Peterborough (and became the independent Diocese of Leicester in 1927).
The Bishop of Lincoln is in charge of the diocese and is assisted by the suffragan bishops of Grantham and Grimsby.
The diocese is divided into three archdeaconries and 23 deaneries:
- Archdeaconry of Lincoln: Aveland and Ness with Stamford; Beltisloe; Christianity; Elloe East; Elloe West; Graffoe; Grantham; Holland East; Holland West; Lafford; Loveden
- Archdeaconry of Lindsey: Bolingbroke; Calcewaithe and Candleshoe; Haverstoe; Grimsby and Cleethorpes; Horncastle; Louthesk
- Archdeaconry of Stow: Corringham; Isle of Axholme; Lawres ; Manlake; West Wold; Yarborough
The diocese produces a bi-monthly newspaper called Crosslincs which is edited by the Diocesan Communications Officer.
- ^ "Diocese of Lincoln Who's Who". Diocese of Lincoln. http://www.lincoln.anglican.org/page.php?i_@CI_74#1a. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- ^ Diocese of Lincoln – Deaneries
- Diocese of Lincoln website
- "Lincoln (2)". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.
Ceremonial county of Lincolnshire England Portal Unitary authorities Boroughs or districts Major settlementsAlford • Barton-upon-Humber • Boston • Bourne • Brigg • Broughton • Burgh-le-Marsh • Caistor • Cleethorpes • Crowland • Crowle • Epworth • Gainsborough • Grantham • Grimsby • Holbeach • Horncastle • Immingham • Kirton-in-Lindsey • Lincoln • Long Sutton • Louth • Mablethorpe • Market Deeping • Market Rasen • North Hykeham • Scunthorpe • Skegness • Sleaford • Spalding • Spilsby • Stamford • Wainfleet All Saints • Winterton • Wragby
See also: List of civil parishes in Lincolnshire
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