South Central province

VI. Province of Winchester (South Central; new)

Provincial Convenor: The Bishop of Winchester
6 dioceses: Winchester; Salisbury; Oxford; Guildford; Reading; Buckingham

26. Diocese of Winchester (Hampshire & the Isle of Wight; founded 634)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Winchester
Seat(s):
– Cathedral and Provincial Church of the Holy Trinity, and of St Peter and St Paul and of St Swithun, Winchester (Winchester Cathedral)
– Cathedral and Parish Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth (Portsmouth Cathedral)



4 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 1,897,991 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Soton, Pompy, Eastleigh, Fareham, Basingstoke, Gosport, Farnborough, Andover, Havant, Winchester … Newport

Winchester area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Farnborough (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: Winchester Cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Winchester (5 deaneries) — or Farnborough or Alton
— Area Deaneries: Alton; Alresford; Bishop’s Waltham; Petersfield; Winchester

Southampton area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Southampton (suffragan see created in 1534)
Notable churches: Abbey and Parish Church of St Mary and St Ethelflaeda, Romsey (Romsey Abbey)
– Archdeaconry of Southampton (4 deaneries) — or Eastleigh or Romsey
— Area Deaneries: Eastleigh; Lyndhurst; Romsey; Southampton

Portsmouth area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Portsmouth (suffragan see created in 1534 as Isle of Wight)
Notable churches:
* Portsmouth Cathedral
* Minster Church of Sts Thomas, Newport (Sts Thomas Minster, Newport/Newport Minster)
– Archdeaconry of Portsdown (6 deaneries) — or Fareham or Newport
— Area Deaneries: East Wight; Fareham; Gosport; Havant; Portsmouth; West Wight

Basingstoke area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Basingstoke (suffragan see created in 1973)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Basingstoke (5 deaneries)— or Andover
— Area Deaneries: Aldershot; Andover; Basingstoke; Odiham; Whitchurch

27. Diocese of Salisbury (Wiltshire; founded 705)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Salisbury
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salisbury (Salisbury Cathedral)



3 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 680,137 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Swindon, Chippenham, Salisbury, Trowbridge, Warminster, Calne, Westbury, Melksham, Corsham, Devizes, Wootton Bassett, … Malmesbury, Ramsbury

Salisbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Wootton (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Sarum (3 deaneries) — or Wootton Bassett
— Area Deaneries: Alderbury; Chalke; Salisbury

Swindon area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Swindon (suffragan see created in 1927)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Malmesbury (4 deaneries) — or Chippenham
— Area Deaneries: Calne; Chippenham; North Wiltshire; Swindon

Ramsbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Ramsbury (suffragan see created in 1974) — or Trowbridge
Notable churches: Parish Church of the Holy Cross, Ramsbury (Holy Cross, Ramsbury; former ancient cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Wilts (6 deaneries) — or Warminster or Ramsbury
— Area Deaneries: Bradford; Devizes; Heytesbury; Pewsey; Stonehenge; Marlborough

28. Diocese of Oxford (Oxfordshire; founded 1542)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Oxford
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of Christ, Oxford (Christ Church)



3 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 653,798
Most populous settlements: Oxford, Banbury, Abingdon, Bicester, Witney, Didcot

Oxford area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Cowley (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Oxford (2 deaneries) — or Cowley or Osney
— Area Deaneries: Cowley; Oxford

Dorchester area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Dorchester (suffragan see created in 1939) — or Abingdon
Notable churches: Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, Dorchester on Thames (Dorchester Abbey, ancient former cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Abingdon (6 deaneries) — or Didcot
— Area Deaneries: Abingdon; Aston & Cuddesdon; Henley; Vale of White Horse; Wallingford; Wantage

Banbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Banbury (suffragan see created in 1534 as Marlborough)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Bicester (5 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Bicester & Islip; Chipping Norton; Deddington; Witney; Woodstock

29. Diocese of Guildford (Surrey; founded 1927)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Guildford
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford (Guildford Cathedral)



3 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 1,132,390 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Guildford, Woking, Farnham, Camberley, Epsom, Walton … Dorking

Guildford area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Woking (new suffragan see)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildford (Holy Trinity, Guildford; former pro-cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Woking (2 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Guildford; Woking

Farnham area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Farnham (suffragan see created in 1534 as Guildford)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Surrey (4 deaneries) — or Camberley
— Area Deaneries: Cranleigh; Farnham; Godalming; Surrey Heath

Dorking area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Dorking (suffragan see created in 1905) — or Epsom
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Dorking (5 deaneries) — or Epsom or Walton
— Area Deaneries: Dorking; Emly; Epsom; Leatherhead; Runnymede

30. Diocese of Reading (Berkshire; new)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Reading
Seat(s): Cathedral and Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Reading (Reading Minster)
Suggested arms: azure, in chief a woman’s head in saltire couped at the shoulders and vested proper each crined and wearing a necklace and pendant Or (for Reading), in base a lion passant guardant Or (for Berkshire).



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 721,665 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Reading, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Woodley, Earley

Reading area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Woodley (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Berkshire (3 deaneries) — or Woodley
— Area Deaneries: Bradfield; Newbury; Reading

Maidenhead area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Maidenhead (suffragan see created in 1889 as Reading)
Notable churches: Collegiate Church of St George at Windsor
– Archdeaconry of Windsor (3 deaneries) — or Bracknell
— Area Deaneries: Bracknell; Maidenhead & Windsor; Sonning

31. Diocese of Buckingham (Buckinghamshire; new)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Buckingham (or Milton Keynes)
Seat(s): Cathedral and Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Buckingham (Buckingham Cathedral) — or Christ the Cornerstone MK
Suggested arms: vert a swan couped argent (for Buckingham); on a chief per pale gules and sable (for Buckinghamshire) a cross argent.



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Buckingham (1914)
approx. pop’n: 894,309
Most populous settlements: MK, Slough, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Bletchley & Fenny Stratford … Buckm

Buckingham area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Milton Keynes (suffragan see created in 1914 as Buckingham)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Milton Keynes (5 deaneries) — or Bletchley & Fenny Stratford or Buckingham
— Area Deaneries: Buckingham; Claydon; Milton Keynes; Mursley; Newport

Aylesbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Aylesbury (suffragan see created in 1889) — or Slough
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of High Wycombe (5 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Amersham; Aylesbury; Burnham & Slough; Wendover; Wycombe

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