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Archdeacon of Cleveland

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The Archdeacon of Cleveland is a senior ecclesiastical officer of an archdeaconry, or subdivision, of the Church of England Diocese of York in the Province of York. The Archdeaconry of Cleveland stretches west from Thirsk, north to Middlesbrough, east to Whitby and south to Pickering. It has a varied geography, including the southern parts of the conurbation of Teesside and the open moors of the North York Moors National Park.



Archdeacons occurred in the Diocese of York before 1093; before 1128, there were five serving simultaneously – probably each in their own area, but none occurs with a territorial title before 1133. The title Archdeacon of Cleveland is first recorded before 1174 with Ralph, Archdeacon of Cleveland. Of the five archdeaconries, Cleveland is one of three which has never split from York diocese.


The archdeaconry is led by the area Bishop of Whitby, Paul Ferguson and by the Archdeacon of Cleveland, Samantha Rushton since 6 May 2015.


In common with other archdeaconries, Cleveland is further subdivided into deaneries:

  • Guisborough
  • Middlesbrough
  • Mowbray
  • Northern Ryedale
  • Stokesley
  • Whitby
  • List of archdeacons

    Some archdeacons without territorial titles are recorded from around the time of Thomas of Bayeux; see Archdeacon of York.


    Archdeacon of Cleveland Wikipedia

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