Anglican Diocese of Peterborough

The Diocese of Peterborough forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England. Its seat is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Andrew, which was founded as a monastery in AD 655 and re-built in its present form between 1118 and 1238.

Diocese of Peterborough

Dioecesis Petroburgensis
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Diocesan logo
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Peterborough
Coat of arms
Ecclesiastical provinceCanterbury
ArchdeaconriesNorthampton, Oakham
CathedralPeterborough Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishopvacant (acting: the Bishop suffragan of Brixworth)
SuffraganJohn Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth
ArchdeaconsRichard Ormston, Archdeacon of Northampton
Alison Booker, Archdeacon of Oakham


Founded at the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1541 (it was until then part of the Diocese of Lincoln), the Diocese has parishes in:

Until 1927 the Peterborough diocese covered what is now the (modern) Diocese of Leicester.[1]

Peterborough Abbey became a cathedral at the Reformation, one of six wholly new bishoprics founded under Henry VIII. On 4 September 1541 letters patent were issued converting the abbey church of Peterborough into a cathedral church, with a dean and chapter and ecclesiastical staff. The last abbot, John Chambers, was consecrated in his former abbey church on 23 October 1541 as the first Bishop of Peterborough.

A link with the Anglican Church of Kenya Diocese of Bungoma was formed by the two bishops following the Lambeth Conference in 1998.


The Diocese is divided into two Archdeaconries:

The parts of the City of Peterborough that are south of the River Nene and so, were in the historic county of Huntingdonshire rather than the Soke of Peterborough, fall within the Diocese of Ely. The Bishop of Peterborough has been commissioned as Assistant Bishop in the Ely Diocese so he can exercise pastoral care in these parishes, which include Stanground, Orton, Woodston, Yaxley and Fletton.[2][3][4] Thorney, historically in the Isle of Ely and now within the boundaries of the Peterborough unitary authority area, is unaffected by this arrangement.[5]


The Bishop of Peterborough (Donald Allister) leads the diocese, and is assisted by the Bishop suffragan of Brixworth (John Holbrook). The suffragan see of Brixworth was created by Order in Council on 26 July 1988.[6]

Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese which reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor, Norman Banks, Bishop suffragan of Richborough, who is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there. There is also one former bishop, Ed Condry, living in the diocese who is licensed as honorary assistant bishop.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "No. 33220". The London Gazette. 12 November 1926. pp. 7321–7322.
  2. ^ "Bridging the divide in a city". Diocesan website – press releases. Diocese of Ely (archived). 29 July 2004. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Bishops bridge boundaries aboard boat" Peterborough Telegraph 2 August 2004
  4. ^ "Bishop Donald becomes Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Ely" on the Peterborough Diocese website
  5. ^ Boundary Review Report No. 1: Dioceses of Peterborough and Ely The Dioceses Commission, January 2010
  6. ^ "No. 51444". The London Gazette. 18 August 1988. p. 9349.
  7. ^ "Bishop's Letter No 23; 26 July 2018" (PDF). Retrieved 5 November 2019.

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Coordinates: 52°34′21″N 0°14′20″W / 52.57250°N 0.23889°W / 52.57250; -0.23889