West Midlands province

V. Province of Birmingham (West Midlands region; new)

Provincial Convenor: The Bishop of Birmingham
6 dioceses: Birmingham; Lichfield; Hereford; Worcester; Coventry; Shrewsbury

20. Diocese of Birmingham (West Midlands county, less Coventry area; founded 1905)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Birmingham
Seat(s): Cathedral, Provincial and Parish Church of St Philip, Birmingham (St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham)


3 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Dudley (1974)
approx. pop’n: 2,419,500 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Dudley, West Bromwich, Walsall

Birmingham area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Ladywood (suffragan see created in 1974 as Dudley)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Parish Church of St Martin in the Bull Ring †
– Archdeaconry of Birmingham (5 deaneries) — or Ladywood or Nechells
— Area Deaneries: City Centre (Central Birmingham); Edgbaston; Kings Norton; Moseley; Warley

Aston area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Aston (suffragan see created in 1954) — or Solihull
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Aston (7 deaneries) — or Sutton Coldfield
— Area Deaneries: Aston; Coleshill; Handsworth; Shirley; Solihull; Sutton Coldfield; Yardley & Bordesley

Wolverhampton area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Wolverhampton (suffragan see created in 1979)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Walsall (8 deaneries) — or Dudley or West Brom
— Area Deaneries: Dudley; Kingswinford; Trysull; Walsall; Wednesbury; West Bromwich; Wolverhampton; Wulfrun

21. Diocese of Lichfield (Staffordshire; founded 665)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Lichfield
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Chad, Lichfield (Lichfield Cathedral)


3 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 1,089,397 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Stoke[-on-Trent], Stafford, Tamworth, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Burton, Lichfield, … Leek, … Stone

Lichfield area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Tamworth (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Tamworth (5 deaneries) — or S. Staffs
— Area Deaneries: Lichfield; Rugeley; Tamworth; Tutbury; Uttoxeter

Stafford area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Stafford (suffragan see created in 1909)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Stone (6 deaneries) — or Burton
— Area Deaneries: Penkridge; Alstonfield; Cheadle; Eccleshall; Stafford; Stone (formerly Trentham)

Stoke area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Stoke[-on-Trent] (suffragan see created in 1534 as Nottingham)
Notable churches: Minster Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-upon-Trent (Stoke Minster)
– Archdeaconry of Leek (4 deaneries) — or Newcastle-under-Lyme or 
— Area Deaneries: Leek; Newcastle (under Lyme); Stoke[-on-Trent] North; Stoke-upon-Trent

22. Diocese of Hereford (Herefordshire; founded 676)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Hereford
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of Blessed Virgin Mary and St Ethelbert, Hereford (Hereford Cathedral)


2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 183,477 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Hereford, Leominster, Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury, Bromyard

Hereford area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Ross-on-Wye (new suffragan see)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Hereford (3 deaneries) — or Ross-on-Wye or S. Herefordshire
— Area Deaneries: Abbeydore; Hereford City; Ross & Archenfield

Ledbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Ledbury (suffragan see created in 1889 as Leominster) — or Leominster
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Leominster (5 deaneries) — or Ledbury or N. Herefordshire
— Area Deaneries: Bromyard; Hereford Rural; Kington & Weobley; Ledbury; Leominster

23. Diocese of Worcester (Worcestershire; founded 680)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Worcester
Seat(s): Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin of Worcester (Worcester Cathedral)



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): —
approx. pop’n: 566,169 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Worcester, Redditch, Kidderminster, Malvern, Bromsgrove

Worcester area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Redditch (new suffragan see)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Priory and Parish Church of St Mary and St Michael, Malvern (Great Malvern Priory) †
– Archdeaconry of Malvern (6 deaneries) — or Redditch
— Area Deaneries: Evesham; Malvern; Martley & Worcester West; Pershore; Upton; Worcester East

Kidderminster area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Kidderminster (suffragan see created in 1534 as Huntingdon)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Bromsgrove (5 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Bromsgrove; Droitwich; Kidderminster; Stourbridge; Stourport

24. Diocese of Coventry (Warwickshire & Coventry area; founded 1918)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Coventry
Seat(s): Cathedral and Parish Church of St Michael, Coventry (Coventry Cathedral)



2 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Coventry (1891)
approx. pop’n: 862,434 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Leamington Spa, Bedworth, Warwick

Coventry area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Nuneaton (suffragan see created in 1891 as Coventry)
Notable churches: the cathedral
– Archdeaconry of Coventry (6 deaneries) — or Nuneaton
— Area Deaneries: Coventry East; Coventry North; Coventry South; Polesworth; Kenilworth; Nuneaton

Warwick area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Warwick (suffragan see created in 1980) — or Rugby
Notable churches:
* Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford upon Avon †
* Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick †
– Archdeaconry of Warwick (6 deaneries) — or Rugby or Leamington
— Area Deaneries: Alcester; Fosse; Rugby; Shipston; Southam; Warwick & Leamington

25. Diocese of Shrewsbury (Shropshire; new)

Diocesan Bishop: The Bishop of Shrewsbury (or Telford)
Seat(s): Cathedral and Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Shrewsbury (Shrewsbury Abbey) † — or St George’s Telford?
Suggested arms: party per fess, dexter azure a leopard’s face reversed jessant-de-Lis Or (for Shrewsbury, referencing Hereford diocese), sinister argent a cross potent quadrate gules (referencing Lichfield diocese.)



3 episcopal areas
Lapsed suffragan see(s): Oswestry (1889)
approx. pop’n: 472,770 (2011 census)
Most populous settlements: Telford, Shrewsbury, Wellington, Madeley, Oswestry, Birdgnorth, Market Drayton, Dawley, Ludlow, Newport

Shrewsbury area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: the diocesan bishop — RS: Bishop of Oswestry (suffragan see created in 1889)
Notable churches:
* the cathedral
* Parish Church of St Chad, Shrewsbury †
– Archdeaconry of Oswestry (5 deaneries)
— Area Deaneries: Ellesmere; Oswestry; Shrewsbury; Wem & Whitchurch; Wrockwardine

Telford area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Telford (suffragan see created in 1534 as Shrewsbury)
Notable churches: —
– Archdeaconry of Newport (4 deaneries) — or Wellington
— Area Deaneries: Edgmond & Shifnal; Hodnet; Telford; Telford Severn Gorge

Ludlow area (1 archdeaconry)

Area Bishop: The Bishop of Ludlow (suffragan see created in 1981) — or Bridgnorth
Notable churches: Parish Church of St Laurence, Ludlow †
– Archdeaconry of Bridgnorth (5 deaneries) — or Ludlow or S. Shrops/Salop
— Area Deaneries: Bridgnorth; Clun Forest; Condover; Ludlow; Pontesbury

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