Map & History

The Diocese of Guildford was formed in 1927 from part of the ancient Diocese of Winchester. Its cathedral, dedicated to The Holy Spirit and built between 1936 and 1961, is one of only two British Anglican cathedrals to be built on a new site since the C16th Reformation - Liverpool is the other.

The Diocese, covering an area of about 500 sq miles, includes most of Surrey and North East Hants, and touches on West Sussex and Outer London, with a population of 900,000 people. There are over 200 stipendiary clergy, along with 163 parishes and 218 churches.

The Diocese is divided into two Archdeaconries - those of Surrey and Dorking. The former consists of the the Rural Deaneries of Aldershot, Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford and Surrey Heath. The Archdeaconry of Dorking comproses the Rural Deaneries of Dorking, Emly, Epsom, Leatherhead, Runnymede and Woking.

The Diocese of Guildford shares boundaries with the Dioceses of London, Southwark, Chichester, Portsmouth, Winchester and Oxford.

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Bishop Andrew's first day in the diocese - VIDEO

We follow Bishop Andrew through his first day in the Diocese
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Inauguration date for next Bishop of Guildford announced / Video launched

Date set for ticketed service
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Christian Aid warns that hunger threatens to undermine Ebola quarantine measures

Churches urged to pray for those affected by the outbreak
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Next Bishop of Guildford announced

The Rt Revd Andrew Watson to become the tenth Bishop of Guildford
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Best-selling classical artist to perform at Guildford Cathedral

Russell Watson is set to perform 'A Candlelight Christmas' on his tour around UK's most beautiful churches
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High quality website important, say 99%

Following a website user survey the diocese is developing plans for a new website to help improve the use and usefulness of the online service
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