The Diocese of Manchester is the Church of England in Bolton,
Bury, Leigh, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Rossendale, Salford, and
parts of Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan boroughs.
The diocese has a population of 1.9 million people. It is
divided into four archdeaconries and 20 deaneries. There are 325
places of worship and chaplaincies in the diocese. These are
organised into 259 parishes and 199 benefices. Average weekly
attendance (all age) across the diocese is approximately
In addition we look after the education of over 55,000 children
in our 191 church schools.
We look after over 1,000 properties. We contribute millions of
pounds to the local economy in both voluntary work and through our
economic activity. We are a significant economic and social force
and a partner in the work of the Greater Manchester Poverty
Commission. We have over 700 ministers who can take church
About the Diocese of Manchester
The cities and towns grew during the industrial revolution, with
much centred on industries such as textiles and engineering. This
reliance on industrial production left the area vulnerable to the
decline of manufacturing and there was an associated social and
In recent years there has been substantial regeneration of
significant parts of the Greater Manchester conurbation. The
internationally significant development of Media City at Salford
Quays exemplifies this. This has led to a repopulation of the urban
Greater Manchester is of huge economic significance. It
generates £47 billion of Gross Value Added (GVA) on an annual
basis, accounting for around 40% of GVA in the North West. This is
more than the whole of the North East region. The key economic
sectors are: Financial & Professional Services; Health and Life
Sciences; Education; Advanced Manufacturing and Sport.
There is a hugely significant higher education sector in Greater
Manchester. There are 105,000 people studying at the five higher
- University of Manchester
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- University of Salford
- Royal Northern College of Music
- University of Bolton.
The diversity of its communities, and its sporting and heritage
pedigree all contribute to this vibrancy. Manchester is the second
most popular destination for overseas visitors in England.