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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Besom prepares over 100 Christmas food hampers for Camberley

Volunteers are busy delivering Christmas cheer
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CofE's first woman bishop announced

The Revd Libby Lane to be the Bishop of Stockport
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Quick! Government announces £15 million roof scheme for church buildings

Vulnerable listed churches urged to apply by January 30
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Community invited to form giant puzzle at St John's this Christmas

Over 1,800 jigsaw pieces sent to homes in Stoke next Guildford
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Confirmation of election of new Bishop of Guildford

Bishop Andrew confirmed as next Bishop of Guildford
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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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