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Lincoln Diocese

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Founded: 1072, formerly Dorchester (AD 886), formerly Leicester (AD 680), originally Lindine (AD 678).
Parishes: 492
Churches: 627
Geography: Lincolnshire; North East Lincolnshire; North Lincolnshire, except for an area in the west, in the diocese of Sheffield.
Overseas Link Dioceses: RC Diocese of Brugge, Harnosands (Sweden), Tirunelveli (CSI), Tuticorin-Nazareth (CSI)
Population: 751200
Area Square Miles: 2670
Full time Stipendiary Parochial Clergy: 156
Benefices: 190
Source: The Church of England Year Book. For more information visit the Diocese page on Crockford's here

Home to 631 places of worship, 2,673 sq miles stretching from the Humber to the Wash and with an estimated population of 1,021,600, we are proud to be part of one of the largest dioceses in the country.

But our diocese is about so much more than facts and figures. We have a wealth of tradition in worship  many thousands of pilgrims over the centuries have made their way to Lincoln Cathedral, which was once the tallest building in the world, and Lincoln is still home to one of the four remaining copies of Magna Carta on which the very foundations of our constitution is built.

We have been home to the steel industry, the fishing industry and of course farming, for many generations, and the people of greater Lincolnshire have always adapted to change and been great innovators: draining the flood lands (started by Benedictine monks in Spalding Priory) to develop the fens which now supply produce to our nation and beyond; the Tank was invented here; and, of course, it was home to Sir Isaac Newton. It shouldnt surprise us then that our diocese is a trail blazer for new and innovative ways of working together.