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Diocese of Carlisle

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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, who was the king's confessor and became 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 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 Leeds. The diocese originally only covered the northern parts of Cumberland and Westmorland, and expanded to cover almost 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.



Alongside the diocesan Bishop of Carlisle (James Newcome), the Diocese has one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Penrith (Emma Ineson).

There are seven other retired bishops living in the diocese who are licensed as honorary assistant bishops:

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV) the Bishop suffragan of Beverley, Glyn Webster. Until his retirement on 19 July 2014, AEO was provided by John Goddard, Bishop suffragan of Burnley (from neighbouring Blackburn diocese), who was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

Archdeaconries and deaneries

The diocese of Carlisle is divided into three archdeaconries, each divided into a number of rural deaneries. The data in this table is a summation of the statistics found in the list of churches.

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Carlisle Archdeaconry of Carlisle Rural Deanery of Carlisle 17* 38* 96,789 5,693 2,547 2.24
Rural Deanery of Appleby 5 33 19,451 3,890 589 6.6
Rural Deanery of Brampton 8 29 24,038 3,005 829 3.63
Rural Deanery of Penrith 8 34 30,003 3,750 882 4.25
Archdeaconry of West Cumberland Rural Deanery of Calder 10 39 58,706 5,871 1,505 3.9
Rural Deanery of Derwent 6 35 28,292 4,715 808 5.83
Rural Deanery of Solway 9 23 58,418 6,491 2,540 2.56
Archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness Rural Deanery of Barrow 4 9 55,474 13,869 6,164 2.25
Rural Deanery of Furness 8 25 42,866 5,358 1,715 3.13
Rural Deanery of Kendal 15 43 56,291 3,753 1,309 2.87
Rural Deanery of Windermere 10 26 26,013 2,601 1,001 2.6
Total/average 100 334 496,341 4,963 1,486 3.34

*includes Cathedral

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.

List of churches


  1. ^ "George Lanyon Hacker". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Ian Macdonald Griggs". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Andrew Alexander Kenny (Alec) Graham". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Geoffrey Hewlett Thompson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Robert Maynard Hardy". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  6. ^ "John Henry Richardson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  7. ^ Church Times, 5 October 2012 – Gazette, Resignations and Retirements (Accessed 9 November 2013)


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