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:
The Church of England:
Index of Diocesan Registries:
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
- 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,
- 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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