Diocese of Coventry

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Diocese of Coventry
Church of England
Province: Canterbury
Bishop: Christopher Cocksworth
Cathedral: Coventry Cathedral
Archdeaconries: Warwick, Coventry
No. of parishes: 199
No. of churches: 245
Website: www.dioceseofcoventry.org

The Diocese of Coventry is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury. It is headed by the Bishop of Coventry, who sits at Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, and is assisted by one suffragan bishop, the Bishop of Warwick. The diocese covers much of Warwickshire, excluding the parts within the Diocese of Birmingham.

The diocese was formed on 6 September 1918 from part of the Diocese of Worcester.[1]


The current diocesan Bishop of Coventry is assisted by one suffragan, the Bishop of Warwick. The provincial episcopal visitor (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries, Warwick and Coventry. Warwick archdeaconry is then divided into the deaneries of Shipston, Fosse, Alcester, Southam and Warwick & Leamington, whilst Coventry archdeaconry is divided into the deaneries of Rugby, Nuneaton, Kenilworth, and Coventry South, East and North.

While the diocese is divided into archdeaconries and has archdeacons like other dioceses, Coventry diocese is unique in that the two do not correlate. In 2010, the post of Archdeacon of Warwick was replaced by that of Archdeacon Missioner and statutory oversight over the archdeaconry of Warwick was delegated to the Archdeacon of Coventry.[2] Following a retirement in 2012, John Green was appointed as Acting Archdeacon of Coventry pending his installation into the new role of Archdeacon Pastor, which duly occurred on 9 December 2012.[3] These arrangements follow the Bishop's 2009 document Signposts for the Future, and the creation of the two posts of Archdeacon Missioner and Archdeacon Pastor are consistent with the suggested "transitional period" after which there will be only one archdeacon in the diocese.[4]


The diocese was revived in 1918 under King George V.

Bishops of Coventry
From Until Incumbent Notes
1918 1922 Huyshe Yeatman-Biggs Translated from Worcester.
1922 1931 Charles Carre Translated to Hereford.
1931 1943 Mervyn Haigh Translated to Winchester.
1943 1952 Neville Gorton
1952 1976 Cuthbert Bardsley Translated from Croydon.
1976 1985 John Gibbs Translated from Bradwell.
1985 1997 Simon Barrington-Ward
1998 2008 Colin Bennetts Translated from Buckingham.
2008 present Christopher Cocksworth
Source(s): [5][6]

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Dioceses of the Church of England

Province of Canterbury:
Bath & Wells •
Birmingham • Bristol • Canterbury • Chelmsford • Chichester • Coventry • Derby • Ely • Exeter • Gibraltar in Europe • Gloucester • Guildford • Hereford • Leicester • Lichfield • Lincoln • London • Norwich • Oxford • Peterborough • Portsmouth • Rochester • Saint Albans • Saint Edmundsbury & Ipswich • Salisbury • Southwark • Truro • Winchester • Worcester
Province of York:
Blackburn •
Carlisle • Chester • Durham • Leeds • Liverpool • Manchester • Newcastle • Sheffield • Sodor & Man • Southwell & Nottingham • York