Diocese of Manchester

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The Diocese of Manchester is a England Church Records diocese in the north of England. Based in the city of Manchester, the diocese covers much of the county of Greater Manchester and small areas of the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire and is a constituent of the Province of York.

History[edit | edit source]

The Diocese of Manchester was founded in 1847, having previously been part of the Diocese of Chester. It was founded with the deaneries of Amounderness, Blackburn, Leyland, and Manchester, together with a large part of the deanery of Lonsdale and roughly one third of the deanery of Kendal.

In 1926 the Diocese of Blackburn was taken out of the Diocese of Manchester, which was left with just the parishes within the hundred of Salford. The final boundary change in 1933 saw the diocese annex the Wythenshawe parishes from the Diocese of Chester.

Archdeaconries and deaneries[edit | edit source]

The diocese is divided into four archdeaconries, each divided into a number of deaneries.

Archdeaconry of Manchester

  • Deanery of Ardwick
  • Deanery of Heaton
  • Deanery of Hulme
  • Deanery of North Manchester
  • Deanery of Stretford
  • Deanery of Withington

Archdeaconry of Bolton

  • Deanery of Bolton
  • Deanery of Bury
  • Deanery of Deane
  • Deanery of Radcliffe and Prestwich
  • Deanery of Rossendale
  • Deanery of Walmsley

Archdeanonry of Rochdale

  • Deanery of Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Deanery of Heywood and Middleton
  • Deanery of Rochdale
  • Deanery of Oldham East
  • Deanery of Oldham West

Archdeanonry of Salford

  • Deanery of Eccles
  • Deanery of Leigh
  • Deanery of Salford