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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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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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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Archbishop Justin urges parishes to pray and act as violence escalates in Gaza

Justin Welby calls for an immediate ceasefire
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Anonymous trust pledges to match Cathedral Appeal donations

An anonymous trust has announced it will match any donations up to £45,000
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Christian Aid launches emergency Gaza appeal

Charity urges churchgoers to back humanitarian appeal with prayer, action and donations
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Bishop visits projects supporting North Farnham families

Bishop Ian hears how volunteers are helping families develop resilience
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Women Bishops - what do your synod reps say?

Reaction from the diocese of Guildford's general synod reps
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Adrian Vincent's Synod Speech - Women Bishops

Adrian Vincent's speech during the debate on women Bishops
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See behind the scenes with WW1 themed Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days are back this year with a WW1 theme
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War Horse revisited

Sound the bugle! 100 miles on horseback across France for the First World War centenary
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