Diocese of Newcastle

Coordinates: 54°58′12″N 1°36′40″W / 54.97000°N 1.61111°W / 54.97000; -1.61111

Diocese of Newcastle
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ArchdeaconriesLindisfarne, Northumberland
CathedralNewcastle Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopChristine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle
SuffraganMark Tanner, Bishop of Berwick
ArchdeaconsPeter Robinson, Archdeacon of Lindisfarne
Mark Wroe, Archdeacon of Northumberland
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The Diocese of Newcastle is a Church of England diocese based in Newcastle upon Tyne, covering the historic county of Northumberland (and therefore including the part of Tyne and Wear north of the River Tyne), as well as the area of Alston Moor in Cumbria (historic Cumberland).

The diocese came into being on 23 May 1882,[1] and was one of four created by the Bishoprics Act 1878 (41 & 42 Vict. c. 68) for industrial areas with rapidly expanding populations. The area of the diocese was taken from the part of the Diocese of Durham which was north of the River Tyne, and was defined in the legislation as comprising:[1]

....the county of Northumberland, and the counties of the towns of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and to include such detached parts of any other county as are under any Act of Parliament deemed to form part of the county of Northumberland, or have been or can be transferred to the county of Northumberland by the justices in general or quarter sessions assembled, and to include also the ancient common law parish of Alston with its chapelries in the county of Cumberland....

The cathedral is Newcastle Cathedral (until 1882 the Parish Church of St Nicholas) and the bishop is Christine Hardman.


The diocesan Bishop of Newcastle is the ordinary of the diocese and is assisted by the Bishop of Berwick. Alternative episcopal oversight (for parishes in the diocese who reject the ministry of priests who are women) is provided by the provincial episcopal visitor (PEV) the Bishop suffragan of Beverley, Glyn Webster. He is licensed as an honorary assistant bishop of the diocese in order to facilitate his work there.

On 28 November 2015, Frank White, then the full-time Assistant Bishop, presented a proposal to the Diocesan Synod (within which diocese Berwick now lies) to revive the abeyant Suffragan See of Berwick.[2][3] The Dioceses Commission approved the petition to revive the See[4] and Mark Tanner was consecrated Bishop of Berwick on 18 October 2016.

Besides Webster, there are two retired honorary assistant bishops licensed in the diocese:

Archdeaconries and deaneriesEdit

Diocese Archdeaconries Rural Deaneries
Diocese of Newcastle Archdeaconry of Northumberland Deanery of Bedlington
Deanery of Newcastle Central
Deanery of Newcastle East
Deanery of Newcastle West
Deanery of Tynemouth
Archdeaconry of Lindisfarne Deanery of Alnwick
Deanery of Bamburgh and Glendale
Deanery of Bellingham
Deanery of Corbridge
Deanery of Hexham
Deanery of Morpeth
Deanery of Norham


  1. ^ a b "No. 25110". The London Gazette. 23 May 1882. p. 2393.
  2. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Agenda Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  3. ^ Newcastle Diocesan Synod, 28 November 2015 — Suffragan See of Berwick Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 19 January 2016)
  4. ^ Diocese of Newcastle — Frank White to retire in September Archived 2016-05-13 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 28 April 2016)
  5. ^ "John Henry Richardson". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Pedley, (Geoffrey) Stephen". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2014 (December 2013 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 26 April 2014. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  7. ^ "Appointments". Church Times (#7920). 2 January 2014. p. 31. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  8. ^ "John Richard Packer". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
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