South West province

VII. Province of Bristol (South West; new)

Provincial Convenor: The Bishop of Bristol
5 dioceses: Bristol; Exeter; Gloucester; Truro; Sherborne

32. Diocese of Bristol (Somerset & Bristol county; founded 909 as Wells)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Bristol
Seat(s):
– Cathedral and Provincial Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Bristol (Bristol Cathedral)
– Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Wells (Wells Cathedral)
Suggested arms: the shield of the ancient diocese of Bath & Wells (dexter) dimidiated with that of the former Bristol diocese (sinister.)



4 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 1,356,788 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Bristol, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Kingswood, Frome, Portishead, Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea … Wells, Glastonbury

Bristol area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Cabot (new suffragan see)
Notable churches:
* Bristol Cathedral
* Parish Church of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol (St Mary Redcliffe) †
* Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Westbury-on-Trym (Westbury Parish Church; former collegiate church)
– Archdeaconry of Bristol (3 deaneries) — or Cabot or Redcliff
— Area Deaneries: Bristol South; Bristol West; City

Wells area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Wells (suffragan see created in 1534 as Bridgwater) — or Yeovil
Notable churches: Wells Cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Wells (6 deaneries) — or Yeovil or Bridgwater or Glastonbury
— Area Deaneries: Axbridge; Bruton & Cary; Glastonbury; Ivelchester; Shepton Mallet; Yeovil

Bath area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Bath (suffragan see created in 1534 as Bristol)
Notable churches: Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, Bath (Bath Abbey)
– Archdeaconry of Bath (7 deaneries) — or Weston(-super-Mare)
— Area Deaneries: Bath; Chew Magna; Frome; Kingswood (split from K. & South Gloucestershire); Locking; Midsomer Norton; Portishead

Taunton area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Taunton (suffragan see created in 1534)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Taunton (7 deaneries) — or Burnham & Highbridge or Wellington or Burnham
— Area Deaneries: Crewkerne; Exmoor; Ilminster; Quantock; Sedgemoor; Taunton; Tone

33. Diocese of Exeter (Devon; founded 905)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Exeter
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of St Peter at Exeter (Exeter Cathedral)



4 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 1,133,742 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Paignton, Exmouth, Barnstaple, Plympton, Newton Abbot, Tiverton, Bideford … Totnes, Crediton

Exeter area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Exmouth (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Exeter (6 deaneries) — or Exmouth
— Area Deaneries: Aylesbeare; Exeter (formerly Christianity); Cullompton; Honiton; Ottery; Tiverton

Torquay area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Torquay (suffragan see created in 1534 as Molton)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Totnes (7 deaneries) — or Paignton
— Area Deaneries: Kenn; Okehampton; Moreton; Newton Abbot & Ipplepen; Torbay; Totnes; Woodleigh

Crediton area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Crediton (suffragan see created in 1897) — or Barnstaple
Notable churches: Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and the Mother of Him who hung thereon, Crediton (Crediton Parish Church; former collegiate church and ancient cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Barnstable (8 deaneries) — or Bideford
— Area Deaneries: Barnstaple; Cadbury; Hartland; Holsworthy; Shirwell; South Molton; Tavistock; Torrington

Plymouth area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Plymouth (suffragan see created in 1923)
Notable churches: Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth (Plymouth Minster)
– Archdeaconry of Plymouth (4 deaneries) — or Plympton
— Area Deaneries: Ivybridge; (Plymouth) Devonport; (Plymouth) Moorside; (Plymouth) Sutton

34. Diocese of Gloucester (Gloucestershire; founded 1541)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Gloucester
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, Gloucester (Gloucester Cathedral)



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Gloucester (1534); Cirencester (1889)
approx. pop’n: 829,751 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bradley Stoke, Yate, Cirencester, Stroud, Thornbury, Tewkesbury

Gloucester area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Bradley Stoke (suffragan see created in 1534 as Gloucester)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Gloucester (5 deaneries) — or Bradley Stoke
— Area Deaneries: South Gloucestershire (split from Kingswood & S.G.); Forest, South; Gloucester City; Stroud; Wotton

Tewkesbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Tewkesbury (suffragan see created in 1938) — or Cheltenham
Notable churches:
* Abbey and Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury (Tewkesbury Abbey) †
* Minster Church of St Mary, Cheltenham (Cheltenham Minster)
– Archdeaconry of Cheltenham (6 deaneries) — or Cirencester
— Area Deaneries: Cheltenham; Cirencester; Fairford?/Cirencester?; North Cotswold; Severn Vale; Tewkesbury & Winchcombe

35. Diocese of Truro (Cornwall; founded 1876)

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



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 534,476 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: St Austell, Falmouth, Penzance, Camborne, Newquay, Truro, Saltash, Bodmin

Truro area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Falmouth (new suffragan see)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Parish Church of St Pedroc, Padstow (Padstow Parish Church; former ancient cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Falmouth (6 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Carnmarth North; Carnmarth South; Kerrier; Penwith; Powder; Pydar

St Austell area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of St Austell (suffragan see created in 1534 as St Germans)
Notable churches:
* Parish Church of St Petroc, Bodmin (Bodmin Parish Church; former ancient cathedral)
* Collegiate Church of St Endelienta, St Endellion (St Endellion Parish Church)
* Parish Church of St Germanus of Auxerre, St Germans (St Germans Parish Church; former collegiate church, priory and ancient cathedral)
– Archdeaconry of Bodmin (6 deaneries) — or Saltash
— Area Deaneries: East Wivelshire; St Austell; Stratton; Trigg Major; Trigg Minor & Bodmin; West Wivelshire

36. Diocese of Sherborne (Dorset; new)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Sherborne (or Bournemouth)
Seat(s): Cathedral and Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne (Sherborne Abbey) † — or a Bournemouth town centre church
Suggested arms: Or, a cross fleury (for St Edward) argent fimbriated gules (Dorset colours.)



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Sherborne (1925)
approx. pop’n: 744,041 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Weymouth, Ferndown, Dorchester … Sherborne

Sherborne area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — or area Bishop of Weymouth; RS: Bishop of Weymouth (suffragan see created in 1925 as Sherborne)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Sherborne (5 deaneries) — or Weymouth or Dorchester
— Area Deaneries: Blackmore Vale; Dorchester; Lyme Bay; Sherborne; Weymouth

Bournemouth area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Bournemouth (suffragan see created in 1534 as Shaftesbury)
Notable churches:
* Priory Church of the Holy Trinity, Christchurch (Christchurch Priory) †
* Minster and Parish Church of St Cuthberga, Wimborne (Wimborne Minster) †
– Archdeaconry of Dorset (6 deaneries) — or Poole or Christchurch
— Area Deaneries: Bournemouth; Christchurch; Milton & Blandford; Poole; Purbeck; Wimborne

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