Diocese of Chelmsford
|Diocese of Chelmsford|
Church of England
| Bishop of Colchester|
Bishop of Barking
Bishop of Bradwell
|Archdeaconries:|| Barking, Chelmsford|
|No. of parishes:||482|
|No. of churches:||613|
The diocese is divided into three episcopal areas, each with its own suffragan bishop.
The Bishop of Chelmsford has his seat at Chelmsford Cathedral; the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, St Peter and St Cedd at Chelmsford.
The Cathedral, though an impressive building, was built as a parish church and was known as St Mary The Virgin. It only became a cathedral when the Diocese was created in 1914. The church on this site was probably built along with the town eight hundred years ago, and was rebuilt in the 15th and early 16th centuries, with walls of flint rubble, stone and brick.
There is also a tower with a spire and a ring of thirteen bells, twelve of which were cast by John Warner & Sons at Cripplegate. The nave partially collapsed in 1800, and was rebuilt by the County architect John Johnson, retaining the Perpendicular design, but using Coade stone piers and tracery, and a plaster ceiling. The upper part of the chancel was rebuilt in 1878.
The south porch of the Cathedral was extended in 1953 to mark Anglo-American friendship after the Second World War and the many US airmen stationed in Essex during the war.
Until 1954, the cathedral was the Cathdral Church of St Mary The Virgin, but in that year received an additional dedicatation to Saints Peter and Cedd.
The cathedral celebrates its links with Thomas Hooker, who was Chelmsford Town Lecturer between 1626 and 1629. He fled to the New World because of his Puritan views and founded the town of Hartford, Connecticut and was one of the founders of American democracy.
The cathedral enjoys close links with The Cathedral School, St Cedd's School, King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School for Girls. Many of the cathedral's boy and girl choristers attend these schools.
The diocese of Chelmsford is overseen by the Bishop of Chelmsford. It divided into three episcopal areas which are overseen by an Area Bishop. The diocese is divided further into archdeaconries, each divided into a number of deaneries.
As part of Bishop Stephen Cottrell's vision for the diocese's long-term future, consultations occurred on proposals to create three new archdeaconries. On 1 February 2013, by Pastoral Order of the Bishop of Chelmsford, the three archdeaconries were created: the new Archdeaconry of Stansted from Colchester archdeaconry, a new Archdeaconry of Barking from West Ham archdeaconry and a new Archdeaconry of Southend created after the Southend archdeaconry was renamed the Archdeaconry of Chelmsford.
| Barking Episcopal Area
(overseen by the area Bishop of Barking)
|Archdeaconry of Harlow||Deanery of Epping Forest|
|Deanery of Harlow|
|Deanery of Ongar|
|Archdeaconry of West Ham||Deanery of Newham|
|Deanery of Redbridge|
|Deanery of Waltham Forest|
|Archdeaconry of Barking||Deanery of Barking and Dagenham|
|Deanery of Havering|
| Bradwell Episcopal Area
(overseen by the area Bishop of Bradwell)
|Archdeaconry of Chelmsford||Deanery of Brentwood|
|Deanery of Chelmsford North|
|Deanery of Chelmsford South|
|Deanery of Maldon and Dengie|
|Archdeaconry of Southend||Deanery of Basildon|
|Deanery of Hadleigh|
|Deanery of Rochford|
|Deanery of Southend on Sea|
|Deanery of Thurrock|
| Colchester Episcopal Area
(overseen by the area Bishop of Colchester)
|Archdeaconry of Colchester||Deanery of Colchester|
|Deanery of Dedham and Tey|
|Deanery of Harwich|
|Deanery of St Osyth|
|Deanery of Witham|
|Archdeaconry of Stansted||Deanery of Braintree|
|Deanery of Dunmow and Stansted|
|Deanery of Hinckford|
|Deanery of Saffron Walden|
- Diocese of Chelmsford
- Churches in the Diocese of Chelmsford (A Church Near You)
- Chelmsford Cathedral
- London Gazette: , 23 January 1914. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- London Gazette. 23 January 1914.
- Stephen Cottrell – Proposals to create new Archdeaconries in the Diocese of Chelmsford (accessed 28 December 2012)
- Diocese of Chelmsford – Archdeaconries in the Diocese of Chelmsford (Accessed 6 February 2013)
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