Place:Diocese of Winchester, Canterbury, England

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NameDiocese of Winchester
TypeDiocese
Located inCanterbury, England


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The Diocese of Winchester forms part of the Province of Canterbury of the Church of England.

Founded in 676, it is one of the oldest and largest of the dioceses in England.

The area of the diocese incorporates the majority of the county of Hampshire, including the city of Southampton, with the following exceptions:

plus an area of eastern Dorset.

The Channel Islands were transferred from the Diocese of Coutances in Normandy, in France in 1500 by Papal Bull. The transfer was later confirmed by a letter from Elizabeth I and an Order in Council dated 11 March 1569 which "perpetually united" the Islands with the Diocese of Winchester and constituted the Bishop of Winchester Ordinary of them. The Islands operate their own Canon Law under the Bishop of Winchester.

The diocese is divided into two Archdeaconries:

The Bishop of Winchester heads the diocese and is assisted by two suffragan bishops, the Bishops of Basingstoke and Southampton, who are responsible as area bishops for the north and south of the diocese respectively (roughly corresponding to the archdeaconries of Winchester and Bournemouth). From 1895 until the suffragan See of Basingstoke was created in 1973, the Bishop of Southampton was the suffragan bishop for the whole diocese.

The diocese historically covered a much larger area, originally including the greater part of south-eastern England. In the most recent major diocesan boundary changes in 1927, the Archdeaconry of Surrey was removed to form the new Diocese of Guildford, and south-eastern Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to form the Diocese of Portsmouth.

The Bishop of Winchester is ex officio a Lord Spiritual of the Westminster Parliament, one of only five prelates of the Church of England with such automatic entitlement.

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