Samiksha Jaiswal (Editor)

Anglican Diocese of Southwark

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Parishes  300
Cathedral  Southwark Cathedral
Bishop  Christopher Chessun
Ecclesiastical province  Province of Canterbury
Churches  370
Phone  +44 20 7939 9400
Church  370
Anglican Diocese of Southwark
Archdeaconries  Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham & Greenwich, Reigate, Southwark, Wandsworth
Suffragans  Richard Cheetham, area Bishop of Kingston Jonathan Clark, area Bishop of Croydon Karowei Dorgu, area Bishop designate of Woolwich
Archdeacons  Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon Chris Skilton, Archdeacon of Croydon Alastair Cutting, Archdeacon of Lewisham & Greenwich Jane Steen, Archdeacon of Southwark Simon Gates, Archdeacon of Lambeth John Kiddle, Archdeacon of Wandsworth Moira Astin, Archdeacon of Reigate
Address  4 Chapel Court, London SE1 1HW, UK

The Diocese of Southwark /ˈsʌðk/ is one of the 42 dioceses of the Church of England, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The diocese forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England. It was created on 1 May 1905 from part of the ancient Diocese of Rochester that was served by a Suffragan Bishop of Southwark (1891–1905). Before 1877 the area was part of the Diocese of Winchester.

The diocese covers Greater London south of the River Thames (except for the London Borough of Bexley and London Borough of Bromley) and east Surrey. Since the creation of the episcopal area scheme in 1991, the diocese is divided into three episcopal areas each of which contains two archdeaconries:

  • Croydon Episcopal Area (overseen by the area Bishop of Croydon)
  • Archdeaconry of Croydon
  • includes Deaneries of Croydon Addington, Croydon Central, Croydon North, Croydon South, and Sutton
  • Archdeaconry of Reigate
  • includes Deaneries of Caterham, Godstone, and Reigate
  • Kingston Episcopal Area (overseen by the area Bishop of Kingston)
  • Archdeaconry of Lambeth
  • includes Deaneries of Brixton, Clapham, Lambeth North, Lambeth South, Streatham, and Merton
  • Archdeaconry of Wandsworth
  • includes Deaneries of Battersea, Kingston, Richmond and Barnes, Tooting, and Wandsworth
  • Woolwich Episcopal Area (overseen by the area Bishop of Woolwich)
  • Archdeaconry of Lewisham & Greenwich
  • includes Deaneries of Charlton, Deptford, East Lewisham, Eltham and Mottingham, Plumstead, and West Lewisham
  • Archdeaconry of Southwark
  • includes Deaneries of Bermondsey, Camberwell, Dulwich, and Southwark and Newington
  • In other ecclesiastical use, although having lost religious orders in the English Reformation, the diocese has the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and records centre of the Church of England in the diocese, Lambeth Palace.


    Alongside the diocesan Bishop of Southwark (Christopher Chessun), the Diocese has three area (suffragan) bishops: Richard Cheetham, area Bishop of Kingston; Jonathan Clark, area Bishop of Croydon; and an area Bishop of Woolwich (bishop-designate: Karowei Dorgu). Since 1994 the Bishop of Fulham (currently Jonathan Baker, since 2013) has provided 'alternative episcopal oversight' in the diocese (along with those of London and Rochester) to those parishes which reject the ministry of priests who are women. Baker is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in Southwark diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

    Several other men are licensed as honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:

  • 2004–present: Michael Doe, Preacher to Gray's Inn, former General Secretary of USPG and former Bishop suffragan of Swindon, lives in Woolwich.
  • 2006–present: The Lord Harries of Pentregarth is an honorary professor of Theology at King's College London, former Gresham Professor of Divinity and former Bishop of Oxford who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese.
  • 2009–present: David Atkinson, former Bishop suffragan of Thetford, lives in South Croydon.
  • 2011–present: Alan Chesters, retired diocesan Bishop of Blackburn, lives in Lingfield, Surrey (he is also licensed in Sussex and in Europe.)
  • 2011–present: Peter Selby, a visiting professor at King's College London and retired Bishop of Worcester, Bishop to Prisons and suffragan (later area) Bishop of Kingston, lives in Sydenham.
  • 2013–present: The Archbishop of Canterbury's chief of staff, Nigel Stock, Bishop at Lambeth, Bishop to the Forces and Bishop for the Falkland Islands, lives in Lambeth.
  • 2014–present: Stephen Platten, Rector of St Michael Cornhill (Diocese of London) and retired Bishop of Wakefield (also in London and Newcastle dioceses.)
  • Retired Bishop suffragan of Stafford John Waller also lives in the diocese.
  • References

    Anglican Diocese of Southwark Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Do Aur Do Paanch
    Bruce Arnold (jazz)
    Stefania Passaro