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Welcome to the Peterborough Diocesan Registry web site.

The Anglican Diocese of Peterborough was founded in 1541. It covers an area comprising the County of Northamptonshire, the County of Rutland and an area of Cambridgeshire north of the river Nene. That part of Peterborough which is south of the Nene is within the Diocese of Ely. In November 2011 the Bishop of Peterborough was given authority to speak on behalf of Anglican Christians in the whole of the City of Peterborough. The Diocese has 356 parishes, 355 churches and 103 schools.

Some useful links to other web sites:

Peterborough Diocese: www.peterborough-diocese.org.uk
Peterborough Cathedral: www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk
The Church of England: www.churchofengland.org
Index of Diocesan Registries: www.diocesanregistry.co.uk
Parish Resources: www.parishresources.org.uk

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The Work of the Diocesan Registry

Each Diocese of the Church of England has two Legal Officers, the Chancellor and the Registrar, who may have deputies. The following are the main areas of work undertaken by the Registrar at the Diocesan Registry:

The giving of advice to the Bishops and all other clergy, to diocesan boards and committees, and to Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils, and dealing with general enquiries from members of the public in relation to marriage, baptism, burial, etc.
The preparation of notices, licences, permissions, instruments and all other documents relating to the appointment of clergy and lay office holders.
The preparation of the documents required for the consecration of churches, churchyards and cemeteries.
Diocesan Records
The maintenance of records relating to churches, clergy, etc.
The granting of Faculties to authorise changes or additions to consecrated buildings and burial grounds.
Marriage Licences
The issue of Common Licences on behalf of the Bishop of Peterborough, to authorise marriages in parish churches and in other buildings licensed for the solemnisation of marriages according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England.
Maintenance of a register of patrons of the diocese, and ensuring that the provisions of the Patronage (Benefices) Measure 1986 are complied with in relation to the filling of vacant benefices.

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