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Coordinates: 52°11′31″N 2°13′26″W / 52.192°N 2.224°W / 52.192; -2.224

Diocese of Worcester
Arms of Diocese of Worcester
Province Canterbury
Bishop Bishop of Worcester
Cathedral Worcester Cathedral
Archdeaconries Dudley, Worcester 
Suffragan Bishop(s) Bishop of Dudley
Parishes 180
Churches 282

The Diocese of Worcester forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England.

The diocese was founded in around 679 by St Theodore of Canterbury at Worcester to minister to the kingdom of the Hwicce, one of the many Anglo Saxon petty-kingdoms of that time. The original borders of the diocese are believed to be based on those of that ancient kingdom.[1]

Covering an area of 671 square miles (1,740 km2) it has parishes in:

In 2005 the diocese has 190 parishes with 281 churches and 163 stipendiary clergy.

The diocese is divided into two Archdeaconries:

From its foundation the diocese included southern and western Warwickshire (an area known as Felden). In 1837 the north and east of Warwickshire (Arden) which formed the archdeaconry of Coventry in the Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry was transferred to the diocese of Worcester. In 1905 an area in northern Warwickshire was split off as the Diocese of Birmingham, and in 1918 an area approximating to the rest of Warwickshire was created the Diocese of Coventry.

See also


  1. ^ Della Hooke, The Kingdom of the Hwicce (1985), pp.12-13

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