Diocese of Gloucester
The Diocese of Gloucester is a Church of England
Church of England
The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St...

A diocese is the district or see under the supervision of a bishop. It is divided into parishes.An archdiocese is more significant than a diocese. An archdiocese is presided over by an archbishop whose see may have or had importance due to size or historical significance...

 based in Gloucester
Gloucester is a city, district and county town of Gloucestershire in the South West region of England. Gloucester lies close to the Welsh border, and on the River Severn, approximately north-east of Bristol, and south-southwest of Birmingham....

, covering the non-metropolitan county of Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean....

. The cathedral is Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the river. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter .-Foundations:The foundations of the present...

 and the bishop is the Bishop of Gloucester
Bishop of Gloucester
The Bishop of Gloucester is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Gloucester in the Province of Canterbury.The diocese covers the County of Gloucestershire and part of the County of Worcestershire and has its see in the City of Gloucester where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church...

. It is part of the Province of Canterbury
Province of Canterbury
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The diocese was founded during the English Reformation
English Reformation
The English Reformation was the series of events in 16th-century England by which the Church of England broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church....

 in 1541 from part of the Diocese of Hereford
Diocese of Hereford
The Diocese of Hereford is a Church of England diocese based in Hereford, covering Herefordshire, southern Shropshire and a few parishes within Worcestershire in England; and a few parishes within Powys and Monmouthshire in Wales....

 and the Diocese of Worcester
Anglican Diocese of Worcester
The Diocese of Worcester forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England.The diocese was founded in around 679 by St Theodore of Canterbury at Worcester to minister to the kingdom of the Hwicce, one of the many Anglo Saxon petty-kingdoms of that time...

. In 1542 the Diocese of Bristol
Diocese of Bristol
The Diocese of Bristol is a Church of England diocese in the Province of Canterbury, England. It is based in the city of Bristol and covers South Gloucestershire and parts of north Wiltshire to Swindon...

 was created to cover Bristol. In 1836 it was merged with Bristol as the Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; Bristol became an independent diocese again in 1897.

The diocese has a twinning link with the dioceses of Dornakal and Karnataka Central in the Church of South India
Church of South India
The Church of South India is the successor of the Church of England in India. It came into being in 1947 as a union of Anglican and Protestant churches in South India. With a membership of over 3.8 million, it is India's second largest Christian church after the Roman Catholic Church in India...


The diocese is overseen by the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Reverend Michael Perham, assisted by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Right Reverend John Went. It is divided into two archdeaconries, Cheltenham, headed by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham, the Venerable Robert Springett, and Gloucester, headed by the Archdeacon of Gloucester, the Venerable Geoffrey Sidaway. There are presently five deaneries in both archdeaconries of the diocese; the Archdeaconry of Cheltenham consists of the deaneries of Cheltenham, Cirencester, Fairford, North Cotswold, & Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, and the Archdeaconry of Gloucester consists of the deaneries of Forest South, Gloucester City, Severn Vale, Stroud, & Wotton.

The Deanery of North Cotswold in the Archdeaconry of Cheltenham was created in 2010 by the merger of the former deaneries of Chipping Campden, Northleach, and Stow.

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