Diocese of Lincoln

Diocese of Lincoln
Diocese of Lincoln
Ecclesiastical province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Lincoln, Lindsey, Stow
Parishes 515
Churches 640
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 of Lincoln forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England. The present diocese covers the ceremonial county of Lincolnshire.



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.[1]

The diocese is divided into three archdeaconries and 23 deaneries:[2]

The diocese produces a bi-monthly newspaper called Crosslincs which is edited by the Diocesan Communications Officer.


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Coordinates: 53°14′03″N 0°32′12″W / 53.2343°N 0.5367°W / 53.2343; -0.5367

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