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Diocese of Hereford

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Diocese of Hereford
Diocese of Hereford arms.svg
Arms of See of Hereford: Gules, three leopard's faces jessant-de-lys reversed or. These were the personal arms of Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe (d.1282)
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ArchdeaconriesHereford, Ludlow
CathedralHereford Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopRichard Frith, Bishop of Hereford
Richard Jackson, Bishop-designate of Hereford and Bishop of Lewes
SuffraganAlistair Magowan, Bishop of Ludlow
ArchdeaconsAlistair Magowan, Bishop-Archdeacon of Ludlow
Derek Chedzey, Archdeacon of Hereford

The Diocese of Hereford is a Church of England diocese based in Hereford, covering Herefordshire, southern Shropshire and a few parishes within Worcestershire in England, and a few parishes within Powys and Monmouthshire in Wales. The cathedral is Hereford Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Hereford. The diocese is one of the oldest in England (created in 676 and based on the minor sub-kingdom of the Magonsæte) and is part of the Province of Canterbury.

On 16 July 2014, it was announced that Richard Frith, Bishop suffragan of Hull, was to become the next Bishop of Hereford;[2] his canonical election was confirmed on 17 October 2014 and he was installed on 22 November in Hereford Cathedral.[3] His retirement has been announced for November 2019.[4]


The diocesan Bishop of Hereford (Richard Frith) is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Ludlow, Alistair Magowan (whose see was created in 1981.) The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in this diocese – among twelve others in the western part of the Province of Canterbury – who reject the ministry of priests who are women, since 1994) is Jonathan Goodall, Bishop suffragan of Ebbsfleet, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

A retired bishop, Michael Westall (Bishop of South West Tanganyika) lives in Kingstone, Herefordshire.[5]


As reported in the Church of England's Statistics for Mission 2016, published in October 2017, the diocese had a population of 326,000, fewer than any other except Sodor and Man.[1] With 403 churches, the population per church was 810, the lowest of any diocese and less than 60% of the 1390 in the next lowest, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.[1] Average weekly church attendance was 9,900, up from a low of 9,600 in 2014.[6] The total worshipping community was estimated at 12,800, up from 11,700 in 2014, and 46% of these were aged over 70 years.[7]

Archdeaconries and deaneries

The following deanery mergers have taken place:

  • Kington and Weobley before 1972
  • Ross and Archenfield before 1979
Diocese Archdeaconry Deanery Paid clergy Churches Population People/clergy People/church Churches/clergy
Diocese of Hereford Archdeaconry of Hereford Deanery of Abbeydore 5 35 12,046 2,409 344 7
Deanery of Bromyard 5 23 10,465 2,093 455 4.6
Deanery of Hereford 18* 44* 79,772 4,432 1,813 2.44
Deanery of Kington and Weobley 5 30 14,142 2,828 471 6
Deanery of Ledbury 5 22 17,884 3,577 813 4.4
Deanery of Leominster 7 35 22,808 3,258 652 5
Deanery of Ross and Archenfield 9 39 28,355 3,151 727 4.33
Archdeaconry of Ludlow Deanery of Bridgnorth 10 34 28,851 2,885 849 3.4
Deanery of Clun Forest 5 27 10,383 2,077 385 5.4
Deanery of Condover 6 36 20,001 2,857 556 5.14
Deanery of Ludlow 6 42 28,238 4,706 672 7
Deanery of Pontesbury 5 24 15,091 3,018 629 4.8
Deanery of Telford Severn Gorge 5 9 25,952 5,190 2,884 1.8
Total/average 92 400 313,988 3,413 785 4.35

*including Cathedral


Last fully updated 5 October 2018.

Outside deanery structures

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Cathedral [1] N/A [8]

Deanery of Abbeydore

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Black Mountains Group, The, Comprising Craswall, Clodock, Llanveynoe, Longtown, Michaelchurch Escley, Newton, and St Margaret's
  • St Clydog, Clodock & Longton
  • St Mary, Craswall
  • SS Beuno & Peter, Llanveynoe
  • St Michael, Michaelchurch Escley
  • St John the Baptist, Newton
  • St Margaret, St Margaret's
[2] 1,348 [9]
Cagebrook Parishes, Comprising Allensmore, Clehonger, Eaton Bishop, Kingstone, and Thruxton
  • St Andrew, Allensmore
  • All Saints, Clehonger
  • St Michael & All Angels, Eaton Bishop
  • St Michael & All Angels, Kingstone
  • St Bartholomew, Thruxton
  • Rector: Hilary Morgan
  • NSM: Elizabeth Hitchiner
3,902 [10]
Cusop (St Mary) with Blakemere, Bredwardine with Brobury, Clifford, Dorstone, Hardwicke, Moccas and Preston-On-Wye
  • St Faith, Dorstone
  • Priest-in-Charge: Lucinda Heyn
  • NSM: Jane Rogers
1,919 [11]
  • Holy Trinity, Hardwicke
  • St Mary, Cusop
  • St Leonard, Blakemere
  • St Andrew, Bredwardine
  • St Mary the Virgin, Clifford
  • St Michael & All Angels, Moccas
  • St Lawrence, Preston-on-Wye
Ewyas Harold (St Michael and All Angels) with Dulas, Kenderchurch, Abbeydore, Bacton, Kentchurch, Llangua, Rowlestone, Llancillo, Walterstone, Kilpeck, St Devereux and Wormbridge
  • St Michael & All Angels, Ewyas Harold
  • Priest-in-Charge: Mark Godson
2,309 [12]
  • St Peter, Wormbridge
  • St Dubricius, St Devereux
  • St Mary, Kentchurch
  • St Faith, Bacton
  • St James, Llangua
  • St Peter, Rowlestone
  • St Mary, Walterstone
  • Cockyard Mission Hall
Madley (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) with Tyberton, Peterchurch, Vowchurch and Turnastone
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Madley
  • St Mary, Tyberton
  • St Peter, Peterchurch
  • St Mary Magdalene, Turnastone
  • St Bartholomew, Vowchurch
  • Rector: Simon Lockett
  • NSM: Judy Dinnen
2,568 [13]

Deanery of Bromyard

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Bredenbury (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Bredenbury
  • St John the Baptist, Grendon Bishop
  • St Mary, Collington
  • St Michael, Edwyn Ralph
  • Little Cowarne Parish Church
  • St John, Pencombe
  • St Anna, Thornbury
  • St Luke, Ullingswick
  • Rector: Elizabeth Sidwell
1,526 [14]
Bromyard (St Peter) and Stoke Lacy
  • St Peter, Bromyard
  • Brockhampton Chapel
  • SS Peter & Paul, Stoke Lacy
  • Vicar: Clive Evans
  • Curate: Kina Robertshaw
5,268 [15]
Edvin Loach (St Mary) with Tedstone Delamere, Tedstone Wafer, Upper Sapey, Wolferlow and Whitbourne
  • St Mary, Edvin Loach
  • St James, Tedstone Delamere
  • St Michael, Upper Sapey
  • St John the Baptist, Whitbourne
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
  • NSM: Dawn Hyett
1,412 [16]
Frome Valley Group of Parishes, The, Comprising Acton Beauchamp, Bishops Frome, Castle Frome and Fromes Hill, Evesbatch, Much Cowarne, Ocle Pychard, and Stanford Bishop
  • St Giles, Acton Beauchamp
  • St Mary the Virgin, Bishop's Frome
  • St Michael, Castle Frome
  • St Matthew, Fromes Hill
  • St Andrew, Evesbatch
  • St Mary the Virgin, Much Cowarne
  • St James the Great, Ocle Pychard
  • St James, Stanford Bishop
  • Vicar: Steven Baggs
  • Curate: Richard Allaway
2,259 [17]

Deanery of Hereford

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Bartestree Cross Group of Parishes, Comprising Dormington, Lugwardine with Bartestree, Weston Beggard, and Withington
  • St Peter, Dormington
  • St Peter, Lugwardine
  • St John the Baptist, Weston Beggard
  • St Bartholomew, Westhide
  • St Peter, Withington
  • Rector: Vacant
4,051 [18]
Burghill (St Mary the Virgin)
  • St Mary the Virgin, Burghill
  • Priest-in-Charge (Burghill): Philip Brown
  • NSM: Eileen Verwey
3,234 [19]
Pipe-Cum-Lyde (St Peter) and Moreton-On-Lugg
  • St Peter, Pipe-Cum-Lyde
  • St Andrew, Moreton-on-Lugg
Stretton Sugwas (St Mary Magdalene)
  • St Mary Magdalene, Stretton Sugwas
Credenhill (St Mary) Brinsop and Wormsley, Mansel Lacy and Yazor, Kenchester, Bridge Sollers and Bishopstone
  • St Mary, Credenhill
  • St Lawrence, Bishopstone
  • St Andrew, Bridge Sollars
  • St George, Brinsop
  • St Michael, Kenchester
  • St Michael, Mansel Lacy
  • Priest-in-Charge: Rana James
  • NSM: Angie Deane
2,978 [22]
Fownhope (St Mary) with Mordiford, Brockhampton and Fawley and Woolhope
  • St Mary, Fownhope
  • All Saints, Brockhampton
  • Holy Rood, Mordiford
  • St George, Woolhope
  • Checkley Mission Room
  • Rector: Chris Moore
2,296 [23]
Hereford (St Peter with St Owen) (St James)
  • St Peter with St Owen, Hereford
  • St James, Hereford
  • St Giles' Chapel, Hereford
  • Vicar: Andy Morgan
  • Curate: Elliot Swattridge
  • OLM: Sharon Elson
5,796 [24]
Hereford South Wye (St Francis) (St Martin)
  • St Martin, Hereford
  • St Peter, Upper Bullinghope
  • Team Rector: Anne Dowdeswell
22,894 [25]
Wye, South Rural Parishes, Including Ballingham, Dinedor, Holme Lacy, and Little Dewchurch
  • St David, Little Dewchurch
  • Vicar: Peter Houghton
1,449 [26]
  • St Andrew, Dinedor
Hereford, West Team Ministry (All Saints) (Holy Trinity) (St Michael) (St Nicholas)
  • All Saints, Hereford
  • Holy Trinity, Hereford
  • St Nicholas, Hereford
  • St Michael, Breinton
  • Team Rector: Robert North
  • Team Vicar: Ruth Hulse
  • Curate: Matthew Cashmore
13,710 [27]
Tupsley (St Paul) with Hampton Bishop
  • St Paul, Tupsley
  • St Andrew, Hampton Bishop
  • Vicar: Nick Armstrong
  • Curate: Rachel Robertson
11,308 [28]
Holmer (St Bartholomew) (St Mary) with Huntington
  • St Mary Magdalene, Huntington
  • St Bartholomew, Holmer
  • St Mary, Holmer
  • Vicar: Steven Lee
  • Curate: Rob Oram
8,321 [29]
Maund Group of Parishes, Comprising Bodenham, Felton and Preston Wynne, Marden with Amberley and Wisteston, and Sutton St Nicholas and Sutton St Michael
  • St Michael & All Angels, Bodenham
  • St Michael the Archangel, Felton
  • Holy Trinity, Preston Wynne
  • Amberley Chapel
  • St Mary the Virgin, Marden
  • St Michael, Sutton St Michael
  • St Nicholas, Sutton St Nicholas
  • Rector: Paul Roberts
3,735 [30]

Deanery of Kington and Weobley

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Eardisley (St Mary Magdalene) with Bollingham, Willersley, Brilley, Michaelchurch, Whitney, Winforton, Almeley and Kinnersley
  • St Mary, Almeley
  • Rector: Marcus Small
2,221 [31]
  • St Mary Magdalene, Eardisley
  • St Mary, Brilley
  • St Silas, Bollingham
  • St James, Kinnersley
  • SS Peter & Paul, Whitney
  • St Michael & All Angels, Winforton
Kington (St Mary) with Huntington, Old Radnor, Kinnerton and Titley
  • St Mary, Kington
  • St Thomas a Becket, Huntington
  • St Mary the Virgin, Kinnerton
  • St Stephen, Old Radnor
  • St Peter, Titley
  • Rector: Ben Griffith
  • NSM: Paul Buckingham
4,004 [32]
Letton (St John the Baptist) with Staunton, Byford, Mansel Gamage and Monnington
  • St John the Baptist, Letton
  • St John the Baptist, Byford
  • St Mary, Monnington-on-Wye
  • St Mary, Staunton-on-Wye
  • Vicar (Weobley): Sean Semple
2,245 [33]
Weobley (St Peter and St Paul) with Sarnesfield and Norton Canon
  • SS Peter & Paul, Weobley
  • St Nicholas, Norton Canon
  • St Mary, Sarnesfield
Pembridge (St Mary the Virgin) with Moor Court, Shobdon, Staunton-On-Arrow, Byton and Lyonshall [27]
  • Rector: Anna Branston
2,868 [35]
Presteigne (St Andrew) with Discoed, Kinsham, Lingen and Knill
  • St Andrew, Presteigne
  • All Saints, Kinsham
  • St Michael & All Angels, Knill
  • St Michael & All Angels, Lingen
  • St Michael, Discoed
  • Rector: Stephen Hollingshurst
  • NSM: Debbie Venables
2,804 [36]

Deanery of Ledbury

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Colwall (St Crispin's Chapel) (St James the Great) with Upper Colwall (Good Shepherd) and Coddington
  • St James the Great, Colwall
  • All Saints, Coddington
  • Rector: Melanie Horton
  • NSM: Anne Lanyon-Hogg
2,455 [37]
Cradley (St James) with Mathon and Storridge
  • St James, Cradley
  • Rector: Robert Ward
2,031 [38]
  • St John the Baptist, Mathon
  • St John the Baptist, Storridge
Cider Churches Benefice, The, Comprising Aylton, Little Marcle, Much Marcle with Yatton, Pixley, Putley, and Wellington Heath
  • Aylton Parish Church
  • St Michael & All Angels, Little Marcle
  • St Bartholomew, Much Marcle
  • All Saints, Yatton
  • St Andrew, Pixley
  • Putley Parish Church
  • Christ Church, Wellington Heath
  • Vicar: Howard Mayell
  • NSM: John Rhodes
1,789 [39]
Hop Churches Benefice, The, Comprising Bosbury, Canon Frome, Munsley, Stoke Edith, Stretton Grandison with Ashperton, Tarrington, and Yarkhill
  • Holy Trinity, Bosbury
  • Vicar: Mandy Williams
  • NSM: Nicola Seabright
  • NSM: John Watkins
2,083 [40]
  • St John the Baptist, Yarkhill
  • St James, Canon Frome
  • St Bartholomew, Munsley
  • St Mary, Stoke Edith
  • St Bartholomew, Ashperton
  • St Lawrence, Stratton Grandison
  • SS Philip & James, Tarrington
Ledbury (St Michael and All Angels) with Eastnor
  • St Michael & All Angels, Ledbury
  • Vicar: Keith Hilton-Turvey
  • NSM: William Simmonds
9,526 [41]
  • St John the Baptist, Eastnor

Deanery of Leominster [36]

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Canon Pyon (St Lawrence) with King's Pyon, Birley and Wellington
  • Vicar: Jane Davies
2,023 [42]
Kingsland (St Michael and All Angels) with Eardisland, Aymestrey and Leinthall Earles
  • St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland
  • SS John the Baptist & Alkmund, Aymestrey
  • St Andrew, Leinthall Earles
  • St Mary the Virgin, Eardisland
  • Priest-in-Charge: Julie Read
1,946 [43]
Leominster (St Peter and St Paul) [37]
  • Team Rector: Michael Kneen
  • Team Vicar: Sydney Thomson
  • Team Vicar: Matthew Burns
  • Curate: Kirsty Clarke
  • NSM: Walter Dummert
  • OLM: Paul Smith
  • OLM: Celia Rees
16,427 [44]
  • St Michael, Brimfield
  • St Mary the Virgin, Dilwyn & Stretford
  • St Bartholomew, Docklow
  • All Saints, Eyton
  • St Leonard, Hatfield
  • St Mary the Virgin, Hope-under-Dinmore
  • St Mary the Virgin, Humber
  • St John, Ivington
  • St Dubricius & All Saints, Hamnish
  • St James the Great, Kimbolton
  • All Saints, Monkland
  • St George, Orleton
  • St Peter, Pudleston
  • St John of Jerusalem, Ford
  • St Luke, Stoke Prior
Wigmore Abbey, Comprising Adforton, Aston, Brampton Bryan, Burrington, Downton, Elton, Leinthall Starkes, Leintwardine, and Wigmore
  • St Andrew, Adforton
  • St Giles, Aston
  • St Barnabas, Brampton Bryan
  • St George, Burrington
  • St Giles, Downton
  • St Mary the Virgin, Elton
  • St Mary Magdalene, Leinthall Starkes
  • St Mary Magdalene, Leintwardine
  • St James the Apostle, Wigmore
  • Rector: Mike Catling
2,412 [45]

Deanery of Ross and Archenfield

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Ariconium: Aston Ingham, Hope Mansel, Linton, the Lea, Upton Bishop and Weston-Under-Penyard
  • St John the Baptist, Aston Ingham
  • St Michael, Hope Mansel
  • St Mary the Virgin, Linton
  • St John the Baptist, The Lea
  • St John the Baptist, Upton Bishop
  • St Lawrence, Weston-under-Penyard
  • Rector: David Howell
3,431 [46]
Wye Brooks Benefice, The, Comprising Goodrich, Llangarron, Llangrove, Marstow, Welsh Bicknor, and Welsh Newton with Llanrothal
  • St Giles, Goodrich
  • Vicar: Philip Bentham
  • NSM: Richard Jones
  • OLM: Penny Powdrill
2,453 [47]
  • St Deinst, Llangarron
  • Christ Church, Llangrove
  • St Matthew, Marstow
  • St Mary the Virgin, Welsh Newton
Ross (St Mary the Virgin) with Walford and Brampton Abbotts
  • St Mary the Virgin, Ross-on-Wye
  • St Michael & All Angels, Walford
  • Brampton Abbotts Church
  • Rector: Sarah Jones
  • Curate: Simon Tarlton
  • NSM: Caroline Pascoe
  • Hon. Curate: Christopher Blanchard
12,066 [48]
St Weonards (St Weonard)
  • St Weonard, St Weonards
  • St Michael, Garway
  • St Dubricius, Hentland
  • St Catherine, Hoarwithy
  • St John the Baptist, Orcop
  • St Denys, Pencoyd
  • St Mary, Tretire
  • Rector: Elizabeth Cathie
  • NSM: Fran Pullen
2,001 [49]
  • St Bridget, Bridstow
  • St Mary, Foy
  • SS Andrew & Mary, How Caple
  • St John the Baptist, King's Caple
  • St Peter, Peterstow
  • St Michael, Sollers Hope
  • Vicar: Crispin Pemberton
  • Curate: Tim Starling
2,330 [50]
  • St Tysilio, Sellack
Wormelow Hundred, Comprising Dewsall with Callow, Little Birch, Llandinabo, Llanwarne, Much Birch, and Much Dewchurch
  • St Michael, Dewsall
  • St Mary, Little Birch
  • St Junabius, Llandinabo
  • Christ Church, Llanwarne
  • SS Mary & Thomas a Becket, Much Birch
  • St David, Much Dewchurch
  • Rector: Mark Johnson
2,378 [51]
Wye Reaches Group, The, Comprising Bishopswood, Dixton Newton, Ganarew, and Whitchurch [44]
  • Vicar: Vincent Cecil
  • OLM: Penny Powdrill (see above)
3,696 [52]

Deanery of Bridgnorth

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Alveley (St Mary the Virgin) and Quatt
  • St Mary the Virgin, Alveley
  • St Andrew, Quatt
  • Rector: Neil Dunlop
  • NSM: Ruth Sims
2,242 [53]
Bridgnorth (St Mary Magdalene) (St Leonard) (St James) and Morville Parishes Team Ministry, Including Acton Round, Astley Abbotts, Aston Eyre, Monkhopton with Upton Cressett, Morville, Oldbury, Quatford, and Tasley [46]
  • Team Rector: Simon Cawdell
  • Team Vicar: Sarah Cawdell
  • Curate: Clive Munday
  • NSM: Marjorie Brooks
  • Hon. Curate: Hugh Patterson
14,827 [54]
Claverley (All Saints) with Tuckhill [47]
  • Vicar: Garry Ward
1,838 [55]
Ditton Priors (St John the Baptist) with Neenton, Burwarton, Cleobury North, Aston Botterell, Wheathill and Loughton and Chetton
  • St John the Baptist, Ditton Priors
  • St Michael & All Angels, Aston Botterell
  • St Giles, Chetton
  • SS Peter & Paul, Cleobury North
  • All Saints, Neenton
  • Loughton Parish Church
  • Holy Trinity, Wheathill
  • Rector: Terry Mason
1,820 [56]
Highley (St Mary) with Billingsley, Glazeley and Deuxhill and Chelmarsh
  • St Mary, Highley
  • Vicar: Mike Harris
  • Curate: Thomas King
  • NSM: Val Smith
  • NSM: Wendy Rylance
  • NSM: David Poyner
4,424 [57]
  • St Mary, Billingsley
  • St Bartholomew, Glazeley
Stottesdon (St Mary) with Farlow, Cleeton St Mary, Silvington, Sidbury and Middleton Scriven
  • St Mary, Stottesdon
  • St Mary, Cleeton
  • St Giles, Farlow
  • St John the Baptist, Middleton Scriven
  • Holy Trinity, Sidbury
  • St Michael, Silvington
  • Rector: Mark Daborn
1,564 [58]
Worfield (St Peter)
  • St Peter, Worfield
  • Ackleton Mission Room
  • Vicar: Jeannetta Stokes
2,136 [59]

Deanery of Clun Forest

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Bishop's Castle (St John the Baptist) with Mainstone, Lydbury North and Edgton
  • St John the Baptist, Bishop's Castle
  • St Michael the Archangel, Edgton
  • St Michael & All Angels, Lydbury North
  • St John the Baptist, Mainstone
  • Priest-in-Charge: Stephanie Fountain
  • Curate (Churchstoke): Carol Whittock
4,827 [60]
Churchstoke (St Nicholas) with Hyssington and Sarn
  • Holy Trinity, Sarn
Clun Valley Benefice, The, Comprising Bettwys-Y-Crwyn, Clun, Clunbury with Clunton, Hopesay, and Newcastle
  • Vicar: Simon Mondon
2,676 [62]
Middle Marches Benefice, The, Comprising Bedstone, Bucknell, Chapel Lawn, Clungunford, Hopton Castle, Llanfair Waterdine, and Stowe
  • St Mary, Bedstone
  • St Mary, Bucknell
  • St Mary, Chapel Lawn
  • St Cuthbert, Clungunford
  • St Edward, Hopton Castle
  • St Mary, Llanfair Waterdine
  • St Michael & All Angels, Stowe
  • Vicar: Annie Ballard
1,870 [63]
Wentnor (St Michael and All Angels) with Ratlinghope, Myndtown, Norbury, More, Lydham and Snead
  • St John the Baptist, Myndtown
  • Rector: Deborah Swann
1,010 [64]
  • St Michael & All Angels, Wentnor
  • Holy Trinity, Lydham
  • St Peter, More
  • All Saints, Norbury
  • St Margaret, Ratlinghope
  • St Mary the Virgin, Snead

Deanery of Condover

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Acton Scott (St Margaret)
  • St Margaret, Acton Scott
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
  • NSM (Ac, Hal, Sto): Mervyn Williams
3,562 [65]
Halford (St Thomas) with Sibdon Carwood
  • St Thomas, Halford
Stokesay (St Christopher) (St John the Baptist)
  • St John the Baptist, Stokesay
Wistanstow (Holy Trinity)
  • Holy Trinity, Wistanstow
Apedale Group, The, Comprising Cardington, Eaton Under Heywood, Hope Bowdler, and Rushbury
  • Rector: Nancy Cleaton
  • NSM: Susan Jelleyman
  • OLM: Virginia Clements
1,617 [69]
Church Stretton (St Laurence) [56]
  • Rector: Richard Hill
  • NSM: Jon Hughes
  • NSM: Margaret Magowan
  • Hon. Curate: Valerie Morris
4,833 [70]
Condover (St Andrew and St Mary) with Frodesley, Acton Burnell and Pitchford [57]
  • Rector: Geoff Garrett
2,222 [71]
Dorrington (St Edward) with Leebotwood, Longnor, Stapleton, Smethcote and Woolstaston
  • St Edward, Dorrington
  • St Mary, Leebotwood
  • St Mary, Longnor
  • St Michael, Smethcott
  • St John, Stapleton
  • St Michael & All Angels, Woolstaston
  • Rector: Laura Hill
1,616 [72]
Wenlock, Comprising Berrington with Betton Strange, Church Preen, Cound, Cressage, Easthope, Harley, Hughley, Kenley, Much Wenlock with Bourton, Sheinton, Shipton, and Stanton Long
  • All Saints, Berrington
  • St Margaret, Betton Strange
  • St John the Baptist, Church Preen
  • St Peter, Cound
  • Christ Church, Cressage
  • St Peter, Easthope
  • St Mary, Harley
  • St John the Baptist, Hughley
  • St John the Baptist, Kenley
  • Holy Trinity, Bourton
  • Holy Trinity, Much Wenlock [59]
  • SS Peter & Paul, Sheinton
  • St James, Shipton
  • St Michael & All Angels, Stanton Long
  • Team Rector: Matthew Stafford
  • Team Vicar: Sarah Hare
  • Curate: Alison Walker
  • NSM: John Cumberland
6,151 [73]

Deanery of Ludlow

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Ashfords, The, Including Ashford Bowdler, Ashford Carbonel, Caynham, Knowbury, Ludford, and Richards Castle
  • St Andrew, Ashford Bowdler
  • St Mary, Ashford Carbonell
  • St Mary, Caynham
  • St Paul, Knowbury
  • St Giles, Ludford
  • All Saints, Richards Castle
  • Rector: Lynn Money
2,086 [74]
Bromfield (St Mary the Virgin), Including Bitterley with Middleton, Bromfield, Clee St Margaret and Cold Weston, Onibury, Stanton Lacy, and Stoke St Milborough with the Heath and Hopton Cangeford
  • St Peter, Stanton Lacy
  • Rector: Vacant
2,201 [75]
Cleobury Mortimer (St Mary the Virgin) with Hopton Wafers, Neen Sollars and Milson, Neen Savage with Kinlet and Doddington [62]
  • Rector: Ashley Buck
  • NSM: Justin Parker
4,850 [76]
Corvedale Benefice, The, Comprising Culmington, Diddlebury, Holdgate, Munslow, and Tugford
  • All Saints, Culmington
  • St Peter, Diddlebury
  • Holy Trinity, Holdgate
  • Broadstone Chapel
  • St Michael, Munslow
  • St Catherine, Tugford
  • St Margaret, Abdon
  • Rector: John Beesley
1,606 [77]
Ludlow (St John) (St Laurence)
  • St John the Evangelist, Ludlow
  • Rector: Kelvin Price
10,511 [78]
Tenbury Team Minstry, the (St Mary) (St Michael and All Angels), Including Burford, Clee Hill, Coreley, Greete, Hope Bagot, Little Hereford, and Whitton [65]
  • Team Rector: Sian Harris
  • Team Vicar: Mark Inglis
  • NSM: Susan Foster
6,984 [79]

Deanery of Pontesbury

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Chirbury (St Michael), Marton, Middleton and Trelystan with Leighton
  • St Michael, Chirbury
  • St Mark, Marton-in-Chirbury
  • Holy Trinity, Middleton-in-Chirbury
  • St Mary the Virgin, Trelystan
  • Holy Trinity, Leighton
  • Vicar: Vacant
1,307 [80]
Ford (St Michael), Gt Wollaston and Alberbury with Cardeston
  • St Michael, Ford
  • St Michael & All Angels, Alberbury
  • St Michael, Cardeston
  • St Margaret, Wattlesborough
  • All Saints, Middletown
  • St John the Baptist, Great Wollaston
  • Vicar: Valerie Tait
  • OLM: Maxine Neal
3,079 [81]
Hanwood, Great (St Thomas) and Longden and Annscroft with Pulverbatch
  • St Thomas, Great Hanwood
  • Rector: Graham Phillips
  • NSM: David Moss
  • OLM: Olive Dawson-Campbell
2,633 [82]
  • St Edith, Pulverbatch
  • Christ Church, Annscroft
  • St Ruthen, Longden
Minsterley (Holy Trinity), Habberley and Hope with Shelve
  • Holy Trinity, Minsterley
  • St Luke, Snailbeach
  • St Mary, Habberley
  • Holy Trinity, Hope
  • All Saints, Shelve
  • Rector: Giles Tulk
2,846 [83]
Pontesbury First and Second Portions (St George)
  • St George, Pontesbury
  • Priest-in-Charge: Margaret Jones
  • Curate: Max Lambourne
2,816 [84]
Westbury (St Mary), Worthen and Yockleton
  • Holy Trinity, Yockleton
  • Rector: Vacant
2,410 [85]
  • St Mary, Westbury
  • All Saints, Worthen

Deanery of Telford Severn Gorge

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Population served Ref
Broseley (All Saints) with Benthall, Jackfield, Linley, Willey and Barrow [69]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Christopher Penn
5,715 [86]
Coalbrookdale (Holy Trinity), Iron-Bridge and Little Wenlock
  • Holy Trinity, Coalbrookdale
  • St Luke, Ironbridge
  • St Lawrence, Little Wenlock
  • Priest-in-Charge: Ian Naylor
  • Curate: Samuel Mann
  • NSM: Janet Edwards
  • NSM: Pamela Morgan
3,725 [87]
Madeley (St Michael) [71]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Alan Walden
  • Priest-in-Charge: Linda Cronin
  • NSM: Dawn Taffinder
16,512 [88]


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  9. ^ "The Benefice of Black Mountains Group, The, Comprising Craswall, Clodock, Llanveynoe, Longtown, Michaelchurch Escley, Newton, and St Margaret's". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  10. ^ "The Benefice of Cagebrook Parishes, Comprising Allensmore, Clehonger, Eaton Bishop, Kingstone, and Thruxton". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  11. ^ "The Benefice of Cusop (St Mary) with Blakemere, Bredwardine with Brobury, Clifford, Dorstone, Hardwicke, Moccas and Preston-On-Wye". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  12. ^ "The Benefice of Ewyas Harold (St Michael and All Angels) with Dulas, Kenderchurch, Abbeydore, Bacton, Kentchurch, Llangua, Rowlestone, Llancillo, Walterstone, Kilpeck, St Devereux and Wormbridge". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  13. ^ "The Benefice of Madley (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) with Tyberton, Peterchurch, Vowchurch and Turnastone". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  14. ^ "The Benefice of Bredenbury (St Andrew)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  15. ^ "The Benefice of Bromyard (St Peter) and Stoke Lacy". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  16. ^ "The Benefice of Edvin Loach (St Mary) with Tedstone Delamere, Tedstone Wafer, Upper Sapey, Wolferlow and Whitbourne". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  17. ^ "The Benefice of Frome Valley Group of Parishes, The, Comprising Acton Beauchamp, Bishops Frome, Castle Frome and Fromes Hill, Evesbatch, Much Cowarne, Ocle Pychard, and Stanford Bishop". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  18. ^ "The Benefice of Bartestree Cross Group of Parishes, Comprising Dormington, Lugwardine with Bartestree, Weston Beggard, and Withington". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  19. ^ "The Benefice of Burghill (St Mary the Virgin)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  20. ^ "The Benefice of Pipe-Cum-Lyde (St Peter) and Moreton-On-Lugg". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  21. ^ "The Benefice of Stretton Sugwas (St Mary Magdalene)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  22. ^ "The Benefice of Credenhill (St Mary) Brinsop and Wormsley, Mansel Lacy and Yazor, Kenchester, Bridge Sollers and Bishopstone". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  23. ^ "The Benefice of Fownhope (St Mary) with Mordiford, Brockhampton and Fawley and Woolhope". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  24. ^ "The Benefice of Hereford (St Peter with St Owen) (St James)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  25. ^ "The Benefice of Hereford South Wye (St Francis) (St Martin)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  26. ^ "The Benefice of Wye, South Rural Parishes, Including Ballingham, Dinedor, Holme Lacy, and Little Dewchurch". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  27. ^ "The Benefice of Hereford, West Team Ministry (All Saints) (Holy Trinity) (St Michael) (St Nicholas)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  28. ^ "The Benefice of Tupsley (St Paul) with Hampton Bishop". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  29. ^ "The Benefice of Holmer (St Bartholomew) (St Mary) with Huntington". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  30. ^ "The Benefice of Maund Group of Parishes, Comprising Bodenham, Felton and Preston Wynne, Marden with Amberley and Wisteston, and Sutton St Nicholas and Sutton St Michael". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  31. ^ "The Benefice of Eardisley (St Mary Magdalene) with Bollingham, Willersley, Brilley, Michaelchurch, Whitney, Winforton, Almeley and Kinnersley". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  32. ^ "The Benefice of Kington (St Mary) with Huntington, Old Radnor, Kinnerton and Titley". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  33. ^ "The Benefice of Letton (St John the Baptist) with Staunton, Byford, Mansel Gamage and Monnington". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  34. ^ "The Benefice of Weobley (St Peter and St Paul) with Sarnesfield and Norton Canon". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  35. ^ "The Benefice of Pembridge (St Mary the Virgin) with Moor Court, Shobdon, Staunton-On-Arrow, Byton and Lyonshall". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  36. ^ "The Benefice of Presteigne (St Andrew) with Discoed, Kinsham, Lingen and Knill". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  37. ^ "The Benefice of Colwall (St Crispin's Chapel) (St James the Great) with Upper Colwall (Good Shepherd) and Coddington". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  38. ^ "The Benefice of Cradley (St James) with Mathon and Storridge". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  39. ^ "The Benefice of Cider Churches Benefice, The, Comprising Aylton, Little Marcle, Much Marcle with Yatton, Pixley, Putley, and Wellington Heath". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  40. ^ "The Benefice of Hop Churches Benefice, The, Comprising Bosbury, Canon Frome, Munsley, Stoke Edith, Stretton Grandison with Ashperton, Tarrington, and Yarkhill". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  41. ^ "The Benefice of Ledbury (St Michael and All Angels) with Eastnor". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  42. ^ "The Benefice of Canon Pyon (St Lawrence) with King's Pyon, Birley and Wellington". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  43. ^ "The Benefice of Kingsland (St Michael and All Angels) with Eardisland, Aymestrey and Leinthall Earles". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  44. ^ "The Benefice of Leominster (St Peter and St Paul)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  45. ^ "The Benefice of Wigmore Abbey, Comprising Adforton, Aston, Brampton Bryan, Burrington, Downton, Elton, Leinthall Starkes, Leintwardine, and Wigmore". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  46. ^ "The Benefice of Ariconium: Aston Ingham, Hope Mansel, Linton, the Lea, Upton Bishop and Weston-Under-Penyard". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  47. ^ "The Benefice of Wye Brooks Benefice, The, Comprising Goodrich, Llangarron, Llangrove, Marstow, Welsh Bicknor, and Welsh Newton with Llanrothal". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  48. ^ "The Benefice of Ross (St Mary the Virgin) with Walford and Brampton Abbotts". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  49. ^ "The Benefice of St Weonards (St Weonard)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  50. ^ "The Benefice of Stowcaple". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  51. ^ "The Benefice of Wormelow Hundred, Comprising Dewsall with Callow, Little Birch, Llandinabo, Llanwarne, Much Birch, and Much Dewchurch". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  52. ^ "The Benefice of Wye Reaches Group, The, Comprising Bishopswood, Dixton Newton, Ganarew, and Whitchurch". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  53. ^ "The Benefice of Alveley (St Mary the Virgin) and Quatt". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  54. ^ "The Benefice of Bridgnorth (St Mary Magdalene) (St Leonard) (St James) and Morville Parishes Team Ministry, Including Acton Round, Astley Abbotts, Aston Eyre, Monkhopton with Upton Cressett, Morville, Oldbury, Quatford, and Tasley". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  55. ^ "The Benefice of Claverley (All Saints) with Tuckhill". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  56. ^ "The Benefice of Ditton Priors (St John the Baptist) with Neenton, Burwarton, Cleobury North, Aston Botterell, Wheathill and Loughton and Chetton". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  57. ^ "The Benefice of Highley (St Mary) with Billingsley, Glazeley and Deuxhill and Chelmarsh". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  58. ^ "The Benefice of Stottesdon (St Mary) with Farlow, Cleeton St Mary, Silvington, Sidbury and Middleton Scriven". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  59. ^ "The Benefice of Worfield (St Peter)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  60. ^ "The Benefice of Bishop's Castle (St John the Baptist) with Mainstone, Lydbury North and Edgton". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  61. ^ "The Benefice of Churchstoke (St Nicholas) with Hyssington and Sarn". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  62. ^ "The Benefice of Clun Valley Benefice, The, Comprising Bettwys-Y-Crwyn, Clun, Clunbury with Clunton, Hopesay, and Newcastle". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  63. ^ "The Benefice of Middle Marches Benefice, The, Comprising Bedstone, Bucknell, Chapel Lawn, Clungunford, Hopton Castle, Llanfair Waterdine, and Stowe". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  64. ^ "The Benefice of Wentnor (St Michael and All Angels) with Ratlinghope, Myndtown, Norbury, More, Lydham and Snead". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  65. ^ "The Benefice of Acton Scott (St Margaret)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  66. ^ "The Benefice of Halford (St Thomas) with Sibdon Carwood". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  67. ^ "The Benefice of Stokesay (St Christopher) (St John the Baptist)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  68. ^ "The Benefice of Wistanstow (Holy Trinity)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  69. ^ "The Benefice of Apedale Group, The, Comprising Cardington, Eaton Under Heywood, Hope Bowdler, and Rushbury". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  70. ^ "The Benefice of Church Stretton (St Laurence)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  71. ^ "The Benefice of Condover (St Andrew and St Mary) with Frodesley, Acton Burnell and Pitchford". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  72. ^ "The Benefice of Dorrington (St Edward) with Leebotwood, Longnor, Stapleton, Smethcote and Woolstaston". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  73. ^ "The Benefice of Wenlock, Comprising Berrington with Betton Strange, Church Preen, Cound, Cressage, Easthope, Harley, Hughley, Kenley, Much Wenlock with Bourton, Sheinton, Shipton, and Stanton Long". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  74. ^ "The Benefice of Ashfords, The, Including Ashford Bowdler, Ashford Carbonel, Caynham, Knowbury, Ludford, and Richards Castle". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  75. ^ "The Benefice of Bromfield (St Mary the Virgin), Including Bitterley with Middleton, Bromfield, Clee St Margaret and Cold Weston, Onibury, Stanton Lacy, and Stoke St Milborough with the Heath and Hopton Cangeford". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  76. ^ "The Benefice of Cleobury Mortimer (St Mary the Virgin) with Hopton Wafers, Neen Sollars and Milson, Neen Savage with Kinlet and Doddington". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  77. ^ "The Benefice of Corvedale Benefice, The, Comprising Culmington, Diddlebury, Holdgate, Munslow, and Tugford". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  78. ^ "The Benefice of Ludlow (St John) (St Laurence)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  79. ^ "The Benefice of Tenbury Team Minstry, the (St Mary) (St Michael and All Angels), Including Burford, Clee Hill, Coreley, Greete, Hope Bagot, Little Hereford, and Whitton". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  80. ^ "The Benefice of Chirbury (St Michael), Marton, Middleton and Trelystan with Leighton". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  81. ^ "The Benefice of Ford (St Michael), Gt Wollaston and Alberbury with Cardeston". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  82. ^ "The Benefice of Hanwood, Great (St Thomas) and Longden and Annscroft with Pulverbatch". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  83. ^ "The Benefice of Minsterley (Holy Trinity), Habberley and Hope with Shelve". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  84. ^ "The Benefice of Pontesbury First and Second Portions (St George)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  85. ^ "The Benefice of Westbury (St Mary), Worthen and Yockleton". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  86. ^ "The Benefice of Broseley (All Saints) with Benthall, Jackfield, Linley, Willey and Barrow". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  87. ^ "The Benefice of Coalbrookdale (Holy Trinity), Iron-Bridge and Little Wenlock". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  88. ^ "The Benefice of Madeley (St Michael)". Retrieved 2018-10-05.


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