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Diocese of Blackburn

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Diocese of Blackburn

Dioecesis Blackburnensis
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Blackburn
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ArchdeaconriesBlackburn, Lancaster
CathedralBlackburn Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopJulian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn
SuffragansPhilip North, Bishop of Burnley
Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster
ArchdeaconsMark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn
David Picken, Archdeacon of Lancaster

The Diocese of Blackburn is a Church of England diocese, covering much of Lancashire, created on 12 November 1926[1] from part of the Diocese of Manchester. The diocese includes the towns of Blackburn, Blackpool and Burnley, the cities of Lancaster and Preston, as well as a large part of the Ribble Valley. The cathedral is Blackburn Cathedral and the current Bishop of Blackburn is Julian Henderson.[2]

The diocesan retreat and conference centre is located at Whalley Abbey in the Ribble Valley, alongside the ruins of the 14th-century Cistercian monastery, dissolved in 1537. The abbey was in private possession until 1923 and has been in the possession of the Diocese of Blackburn since 1926.


Alongside the diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, the diocese has two suffragan bishops: Jill Duff, Bishop suffragan of Lancaster, consecrated in 2018; and Philip North, Bishop suffragan of Burnley, appointed in 2015.

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by Philip North, Bishop suffragan of Burnley.

Archdeaconries and deaneries

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Blackburn Archdeaconry of Blackburn Deanery of Accrington
Deanery of Blackburn with Darwen
Deanery of Burnley
Deanery of Chorley
Deanery of Leyland
Deanery of Pendle
Deanery of Whalley
Archdeaconry of Lancaster Deanery of Blackpool
Deanery of Garstang
Deanery of Kirkham
Deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe
Deanery of Poulton
Deanery of Preston
Deanery of Tunstall

Churches within the diocese

Deanery of Accrington

Area Dean: the Revd Canon David Arnold

  • Christ Church, Accrington
  • St Andrew, Accrington
  • St Mary Magdalen, Accrington
  • St Peter, Accrington
  • St James, Accrington
  • St Paul, Accrington
  • St John the Evangelist, Accrington
  • St James, Altham
  • St John the Baptist, Baxenden
  • All Saints, Clayton-le-Moors
  • St Clement, Green Haworth
  • St James, Haslingden
  • St Augustine, Huncoat
  • St Peter, Laneside, Haslingden
  • St Thomas, Musbury, Haslingden
  • All Saints, Oswaldtwistle
  • Immanuel, Oswaldtwistle
  • St Paul, Oswaldtwistle

Deanery of Blackburn with Darwen

Area Dean: vacant

  • Blackburn Cathedral
  • Christ Church, Blackburn
  • Holy Trinity, Blackburn
  • St Aidan, Mill Hill, Blackburn
  • St Andrew, Livesey, Blackburn
  • St Barnabas, Blackburn
  • St Bartholomew, Ewood, Blackburn
  • St Francis, Feniscliffe, Blackburn
  • St Gabriel, Brownhill Drive, Blackburn
  • St James, Blackburn
  • St Jude, Blackburn
  • St Luke, Blackburn
  • St Michael & All Angels, Blackburn
  • St Silas, Blackburn
  • St Stephen, Blackburn
  • Church of the Saviour, Blackburn
  • St Barnabas, Darwen
  • St Cuthbert, Darwen
  • St Mary, Grimehills, Darwen
  • St Peter, Darwen
  • Immanuel, Feniscowles
  • St Paul, Hoddlesden
  • St Oswald, Knuzden
  • St James, Lower Darwen
  • St James, Over Darwen
  • St Stephen, Tockholes

Deanery of Burnley

Area Dean: the Revd Chris Casey

  • St James, Briercliffe
  • All Saints, Habergham, Burnley
  • St Andrew, Burnley
  • St Catherine, Burnley
  • St Cuthbert, Burnley
  • St Mark, Burnley
  • St Matthew the Apostle, Habergham Eaves, Burnley
  • St Peter, Burnley
  • St Stephen, Burnley
  • Wellfield Mission, Burnley
  • St Margaret, Hapton
  • St John the Divine, Holme-in-Cliviger
  • St Leonard, Padiham
  • St John the Evangelist, Worsthorne

Deanery of Chorley

Area Dean: the Revd Neil Kelley

Deanery of Leyland

Area Dean: the Revd Marc Wolverson

  • St Aidan, Bamber Bridge
  • Buckshaw Village Church (ecumenical)
  • St Saviour, Cuerden
  • St Paul, Farington Moss
  • All Saints, Hesketh
  • All Saints, Higher Walton
  • Holy Trinity, Hoghton
  • St Michael & All Angels, Hoole
  • St Ambrose, Leyland
  • St Andrew, Leyland
  • St James, Leyland
  • St John, Leyland
  • St Andrew, Longton
  • All Saints, New Longton
  • St James, Lostock Hall
  • St Leonard, Penwortham
  • St Mary, Penwortham
  • St Mary the Virgin, Rufford
  • Holy Trinity, Tarleton
  • St Leonard, Walton-le-Dale

Deanery of Pendle

Area Dean: the Revd Chris Casey

  • St Thomas, Barrowford
  • St Luke the Evangelist, Brierfield
  • St Bartholomew, Colne
  • Christ Church, Colne
  • Holy Trinity, Colne
  • St Anne, Fence-in-Pendle
  • St Michael & All Angels, Foulridge
  • St John the Evangelist, Higham
  • St Mary, Nelson
  • St John the Evangelist, Great Marsden, Nelson
  • St Paul, Little Marsden, Nelson
  • St Mary, Newchurch in Pendle
  • St Mary the Virgin, Trawden

Deanery of Whalley

Area Dean: the Revd Jonathan Carmylie

Deanery of Blackpool

Area Dean: the Revd Peter Lillicrap

  • All Saints, Anchorsholme
  • All Hallows, Bispham
  • Christ Church with All Saints (Beacon Church), Blackpool
  • Holy Cross, South Shore, Blackpool
  • Holy Trinity, South Shore, Blackpool
  • St Christopher, Hawes Side, Blackpool
  • St John, Blackpool
  • St Mark, Layton, Blackpool
  • St Mary, South Shore, Blackpool
  • St Paul, Marton, Blackpool
  • St Paul, North Shore, Blackpool
  • St Peter, South Shore, Blackpool
  • St Stephen-on-the-Cliffs, Blackpool
  • St Thomas, Blackpool
  • St Wilfrid (Freedom Church), Mereside, Blackpool
  • St Anne, Greenlands
  • St Luke's Mission Church, Staining

Deanery of Garstang

Area Dean: the Revd Andrew Wilkinson

Deanery of Kirkham

Area Dean: the Revd Anne Beverley

Deanery of Lancaster and Morecambe

Area Dean: vacant

Deanery of Poulton

Area Dean: the Revd Martin Keighley

Deanery of Preston

Area Dean: the Revd David Hanson

Deanery of Tunstall

Area Dean: vacant

Disused churches

This list is not exhaustive.


  1. ^ "No. 33220". The London Gazette. 12 November 1926. p. 7321.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Blackburn" (Press release). 1 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Michael Edwin Vickers". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Cyril Guy Ashton". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ "David Michael Hope". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.

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