Diocese of Norwich

Diocese of Norwich
Diocese of Norwich arms.svg
Location
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ArchdeaconriesLynn, Norfolk, Norwich
Statistics
Parishes563
Churches656
Information
CathedralNorwich Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopGraham James, Bishop of Norwich
SuffragansAlan Winton, Bishop of Thetford
Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn
ArchdeaconsSteven Betts, Archdeacon of Norfolk
Karen Hutchinson, Archdeacon of Norwich
Ian Bentley, www.dioceseofnorwich.org

The Diocese of Norwich forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England.

History

It traces its roots in an unbroken line to the diocese of the Bishop of the East Angles founded in 630. In common with many Anglo-Saxon bishoprics it moved, in this case to Elmham in 673. After the Norman invasion it moved to Thetford in 1070 finally moving to Norwich in 1094.

It covers 573 parishes with 656 churches covering all of the county of Norfolk save for the extreme west beyond the River Great Ouse that is part of the diocese of Ely. It includes the deanery of Lothingland (the port of Lowestoft and its immediate hinterland) in the county of Suffolk. This totals an area over 1,800 square miles (4,700 km2) with a population (2008) of some 867,000.

Like most older dioceses, the territory has been gradually reduced. Until the formation of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1914, Suffolk was included, and earlier other areas.