- Diocese of Exeter
Diocese of Exeter Location Ecclesiastical province Canterbury Archdeaconries Barnstaple, Exeter, Plymouth, Totnes Statistics Parishes 506 Churches 625 Information Cathedral Exeter Cathedral Current leadership Bishop Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter Suffragans Robert Evens, Bishop of Crediton
John Ford, Bishop of Plymouth
Archdeacons David Gunn-Johnson, Archdeacon of Barnstaple
Penny Driver, Archdeacon of Exeter
John Rawlings, Archdeacon of Totnes
Ian Chandler, Archdeacon of Plymouth
The Diocese of Exeter is a Church of England diocese covering the county of Devon. It is one of the largest dioceses in England. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter is the seat of the diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Langrish, Bishop of Exeter. It is part of the Province of Canterbury. The bishop is assisted in his duties by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Crediton and the Bishop of Plymouth.
The Diocese of Crediton was created out of the Diocese of Sherborne in AD 909 to cover the area of Devon and Cornwall. Crediton was chosen as the site for its cathedral, possibly due it having been the birthplace of Saint Boniface and also the existence of a monastery there.
In 1046, Leofric became the Bishop of Crediton: following his appointment he decided that the see should be moved to the larger, more culturally significant and defensible walled town of Exeter. In 1050, King Edward the Confessor authorised that Exeter was to be the seat of the bishop for Devon and Cornwall and that a cathedral was to be built there for the bishop's throne. Thus, Leofric became the last diocesan Bishop of Crediton and the first Bishop of Exeter.
The diocese remained unchanged until 1876, when the former Archdeaconry of Cornwall became the independent Diocese of Truro.
The diocese is divided into four archdeaconries. The Bishop of Crediton oversees the Archdeaconries of Barnstaple and Exeter. The Bishop of Plymouth oversees the Archdeaconries of Plymouth and Totnes.
Archdeaconry of Exeter (Archdeacon: The Venerable Penny Driver)
- Deanery of Aylesbeare
- Deanery of Cadbury
- Deanery of Christianity
- Deanery of Cullompton
- Deanery of Honiton
- Deanery of Kenn
- Deanery of Ottery
- Deanery of Tiverton
Archdeaconry of Totnes (Archdeacon: The Venerable John Rawlings)
- Deanery of Moreton
- Deanery of Newton Abbot and Ipplepen
- Deanery of Okehampton
- Deanery of Torbay
- Deanery of Totnes
- Deanery of Woodleigh
Archdeaconry of Barnstaple (Archdeacon: The Venerable David Gunn-Johnson)
- Deanery of Barnstaple
- Deanery of Hartland
- Deanery of Holsworthy
- Deanery of Shirwell
- Deanery of South Molton
- Deanery of Torrington
Archdeaconry of Plymouth (Archdeacon: The Venerable Ian Chandler)
- Deanery of Ivybridge
- Deanery of Devonport
- Deanery of Moorside
- Deanery of Sutton
- Deanery of Tavistock
Coat of arms
The arms of the diocese are Gules two keys in saltire Or a sword hilt downwards in pale Argent with hilt Or surmounted by a mitre. The charges are emblems of Saints Peter (keys) and Paul (sword) who are the patron saints of the cathedral.
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- Diocese of Exeter
- Ancient Diocese of Exeter - From the Catholic Encyclopedia
Diocese of Exeter
Lord Bishop of ExeterThe Right Reverend Robert Evens ♦ The Right Reverend John Ford
The Right Reverend Michael Langrish DD
Bishop of Crediton ♦ Bishop of PlymouthExeter Cathedral ♦ Dean of Exeter (The Very Reverend Jonathan Meyrick)
Archdeaconry of BarnstapleArchdeacon of Barnstaple
The Venerable David Gunn-Johnson STh MA
Deanery of Barnstaple • Deanery of Hartland • Deanery of HolsworthyDeanery of Shirwell • Deanery of South Molton • Deanery of Torrington
Archdeaconry of ExeterArchdeacon of Exeter
The Venerable Penelope Driver
Deanery of Aylesbeare • Deanery of Cadbury • Deanery of Christianity (Exeter) • Deanery of CullomptonDeanery of Honiton • Deanery of Kenn • Deanery of Ottery • Deanery of Tiverton
Archdeaconry of PlymouthArchdeacon of Plymouth
The Venerable Ian Chandler
Deanery of Ivybridge • Deanery of Devonport • Deanery of MoorsideDeanery of Sutton • Deanery of Tavistock
Archdeaconry of TotnesArchdeacon of Totnes
The Venerable John Rawlings
Deanery of Moreton • Deanery of Newton Abbot and Ipplepen • Deanery of OkehamptonDeanery of Torbay • Deanery of Totnes • Deanery of Woodleigh
Anglican dioceses in the United Kingdom and Ireland Church of England
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Church in Wales Scottish Episcopal Church Church of Ireland
Coordinates: 50°43′21″N 3°31′46″W / 50.7225°N 3.52944°WCategories:
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- Diocese of Exeter
- Religion in Cornwall
- Religion in Devon
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