Organisation of the Church of England
- The PARISH is the smallest unit having a vicar or
- A RURAL DEANERY is an area consisting of a number (not
usually more than 12) of parishes headed by a rural
dean who is usually minister of one of its parishes.
- An ARCHDEACONRY consists of a number of rural deaneries
each in charge of an archdeacon.
- A DIOCESE consists of several archdeaconries over which
a bishop has authority.
- A PROVINCE is a large area of several dioceses with the
authority vested in an archbishop and until the
Archbishopric of Wales was created in 1920 there were
only two (Canterbury and York)