Diocese of London

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Diocese of London
St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard.jpg
St Paul's Cathedral
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Province Canterbury
Archdeaconries Charing Cross, Hackney, Hampstead, London, Northolt, Middlesex
Legal Jurisdictions
Bishops Court Court of the Bishop of London

The Diocese of London forms part of the Province of Canterbury of the Church of England and was founded in 604.

Historically the diocese covered a large area north of the Thames and bordered the dioceses of Norwich and Lincoln to the north and west. The present diocese covers 177 square miles (460 km2) and 17 London boroughs, covering most of Greater London north of the River Thames and west of the River Lea. This area covers nearly all of the historic county of Middlesex. It includes the City of London in which lies its cathedral, St Paul's, and also encompasses Spelthorne which was formerly in Middlesex but is now part of Surrey.

Essex formed part of the diocese until 1846 when it became part of the Diocese of Rochester.

The diocese is divided into five episcopal areas, each of which is the particular responsibility of one of the diocese's suffragan bishops. It is further divided into six archdeaconries and twenty-four deaneries, as shown below.

Episcopal area Archdeaconry Deaneries
Two Cities (London and Westminster) London City
Charing Cross Westminster Paddington
Westminster St Margaret
Westminster St Marylebone
Edmonton Hampstead Central Barnet
West Barnet
North Camden (Hampstead)
South Camden (Holborn & St Pancras)
East Haringey
West Haringey
Kensington Middlesex Hammersmith & Fulham
Hampton (the Middlesex half of Richmond upon Thames)
Stepney Hackney Hackney
Tower Hamlets
Willesden Northolt Brent