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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 a small area of Cambridgeshire around Peterborough, with a population of 910,000. The Diocese has 351 parishes and 383 churches.

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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