Diocese of Liverpool

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Diocese of Liverpool
Church of England
Province: York
Arms of the Bishop of Liverpool
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral with Mersey.jpg

Liverpool Cathedral
Bishop: Paul Bayes
Cathedral: Liverpool Cathedral
Archdeaconries: Liverpool, Warrington
No. of parishes: 211
No. of churches: 257
Website: liverpool.anglican.org

The Diocese of Liverpool is a diocese of the Church of England serving south-western Lancashire. It was originally formed from the West Derby Hundred of the county.

The cathedral of the diocese is Liverpool Cathedral, seat of the Bishop of Liverpool.

The diocese was formed on 9 April 1880,[1] carved out of the Diocese of Chester. It was one of the late Victorian dioceses created to serve the new, great industrial cities: the neighbouring Diocese of Manchester was created in the same wave.


The diocesan bishops is the Bishop of Liverpool. He is assisted by a suffragan, the Bishop of Warrington. Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the Bishop of Beverley.

Bishops of Liverpool
From Until Incumbent Notes
1880 1900 John Ryle Nominated on 11 May and consecrated on 11 June 1880. Resigned 1900
1900 1923 Francis Chavasse Consecrated 25 April 1900. Resigned 1923
1923 1944 Albert David Translated from St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. Resigned 1944
1944 1966 Clifford Martin Consecrated 25 July 1944. Resigned 1965
1966 1975 Stuart Blanch Consecrated 25 March 1966. Translated to York 1975
1975 1997 David Sheppard Translated from Woolwich. Resigned in 1997, created Baron Sheppard of Liverpool 1998
1998 2013 James Jones[2] Translated from Hull
23 July 2014 present Paul Bayes Translated from Hertford

Outside links


  1. London Gazette: no. 24832, p. 2435, 9 April 1880. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. The Bishop of Liverpool: Biography of Bishop James. Retrieved on 24 November 2008.
  3. "Historical successions: Liverpool". Crockford's Clerical Directory. http://www.crockford.org.uk/listing.asp?id=817. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  4. Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 257. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.