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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Hurray! Guildford Cathedral's Appeal reaches £1.3m milestone

Cathedral can now apply for a multi-million pound grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund
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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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Guildford Cathedral choristers make finals of BBC competition

Two choristers are in the final eight of BBC Radio 2 Young Choristers of the Year competition 2014
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New free 'Skype surgeries' to aid church care

The National Churches Trust launch free video call consultations for places of worship
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Village church hosts world première of leading composer’s work

St Luke's, Grayshott will stage the new choral work of Karl Jenkins to mark a 10 year anniversary
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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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High Sheriff to kick-start sponsored cycle for Guildford YMCA

The ride will promote awareness and provide funds to support the work of the charity
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