South East province

I. Province of Canterbury (South East; founded 597)

Provincial Convenor: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England*
*(episcopal chief of staff: the Bishop at Lambeth; certain national duties delegated to the Bishop of London; certain Convenorial duties delegated to the Vice-Convenor)
Vice-Convenor: The Bishop of Rochester
5 dioceses: Canterbury; Rochester; Chichester; Europe; Hastings

1. Diocese of Canterbury (West Kent; founded 597)

Diocesan Bishop: The Archbishop of Canterbury*
*(diocesan duties delegated to the Bishop of Dover since 1980)
Seat(s): Cathedral and Provincial Church of Christ at Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral)


1 episcopal area
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Maidstone (1944); Ebbsfleet (1994); Richborough (1995)
approx. pop’n: 972,000 (2011 census)
Largest settlements: Maidstone, Ashford, Sittingbourne, Canterbury, Folkestone, Ramsgate, Dover

Dover area (3 archdeaconries)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Dover (suffragan see created in 1534) — or Maidstone (1944)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Parish Church of St Martin, Canterbury (St Martin’s, Canterbury; ancient former pro-cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Canterbury (5 deaneries) — or Ramsgate
— Area Deaneries: Canterbury; East Bridge; Reculver; Thanet; West Bridge
– Archdeaconry of Ashford (4 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Ashford; Dover; Elham; Sandwich
– Archdeaconry of Maidstone (6 deaneries) — or Sittingbourne
— Area Deaneries: Maidstone; North Downs; Ospringe; Romney & Tenterden; Sittingbourne; Weald

2. Diocese of Rochester (East Kent; founded 604)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Rochester (Vice-Convenor)
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Rochester (Rochester Cathedral)


2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 755,000 (2011 census)
Largest settlements: Gillingham, Dartford, Chatham, Tunbridge Wells, Strood, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Northfleet, Rochester

Rochester area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Medway, or of Gillingham (suffragan see created in 1944 as Maidstone)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Rochester (6 deaneries) — or Medway or Gillingham
— Area Deaneries: Cobham; Dartford; Gillingham; Gravesend; Rochester; Strood

Tonbridge area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Tonbridge (suffragan see created in 1959) or Tunbridge Wells
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Tonbridge (6 deaneries) — or TW or Tonbridge and Malling
— Area Deaneries: Malling; Paddock Wood; Sevenoaks; Shoreham; Tonbridge; Tunbridge Wells

3. Diocese of Chichester (West Sussex; founded 681)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Chichester
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Chichester (Chichester Cathedral)


2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 806,892 (2011 census)
Largest settlements: Crawley, Worthing, Horsham, Burgess Hill, Littlehampton, Chichester

Chichester area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Littlehampton (suffragan see created in 1994 as Ebbsfleet)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Chapel of St Wilfrid, Church Norton (possible site of Selsey Abbey, ancient former cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Chichester (5 deaneries) — or Arun or Littlehampton
— Area Deaneries: Arundel & Bognor; Chichester; Hurst; Midhurst; Westbourne

Horsham area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Horsham (suffragan see created in 1968) — or Crawley
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Horsham (6 deaneries) — or Crawley or Worthing
— Area Deaneries: Cuckfield; East Grinstead; Horsham; Petworth; Storrington; Worthing

4. Diocese of Europe (continental Europe; founded 1842 as Gibraltar)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Europe*
*It may or may not be legally possible to translate these sees; if not, then the two bishops could be “known as” something like the Bishop in Brussels and the Bishop in Gibraltar respectively.
Seat(s):
– Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar (Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar)
– Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, Brussels (Holy Trinity Cathedral, Brussels)
– Pro-Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, Valletta, Malta (St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta)


2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
appox. pop’n: pass.
Largest settlements: where to start?!

Brussels area (4 archdeaconries)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of/in Valetta (suffragan see created in 1994 as Richborough)
Notable churches:
* Holy Trinity Cathedral, Brussels
* St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta
– Eastern Archdeaconry (2 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Greater Athens; Moscow
– Archdeaconry of Italy & Malta (2 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Antwerp; Amsterdam
– Archdeaconry of Switzerland (1 deanery)
— Area Deaneries: Switzerland
– Archdeaconry of North-West Europe (2 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Belgium & Luxembourg; The Netherlands

Gibraltar area (3 archdeaconries)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Gibraltar* (suffragan see created in 1980 as Suffragan Bishop in Europe)
Notable churches: Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar
– Archdeaconry of France (1 deanery)
— Area Deaneries: Maisons-Lafitte
– Archdeaconry of Germany & Northern Europe (2 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: German (Berlin); Nordic & Baltic (Gothenberg)
– Archdeaconry of Gibraltar (1 deanery)
— Area Deaneries: Costa Almeria & Costa Calida

5. Diocese of Hastings (East Sussex; new)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Hastings (or Brighton)
Seat(s): Cathedral and Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Hastings (Hastings Cathedral) — or St Nicholas’ Brighton
Suggested arms: argent a cross gules (for Battle Abbey) between: in the first quarter a Saxon crown of the last (for Battle Abbey); in the second a martlet sable (for East Sussex); in the third a dolphin naiant sable (for Brighton); and in the fourth a sword erect gules hilt and pomel Or (for Battle Abbey); on a chief per pale gules and azure a demi lion passant guardant Or conjoined with the stern of a ship argent (from Hastings Borough Council.)


2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 800,040 (2011 census)
Largest settlements: B&H, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hove, Hastings, Bexhill, Seaford, Hailsham, Crowborough, Lewes

Hastings area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Bexhill (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Hastings (6 deaneries) — or Wealden or Bexhill
— Area Deaneries: Battle & Bexhill; Dallington; Hastings; Rotherfield; Rye; Uckfield

Brighton area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Brighton (suffragan see created in 1909 as Lewes)
Notable churches: Minster Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Brighton (Brighton Minster)
– Archdeaconry of Lewes (4 deaneries) — or Eastbourne
— Area Deaneries: Brighton; Eastbourne; Hove; Lewes & Seaford

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