Church Livings

The Queen is patron to 42 church livings in Right of Her Duchy of Lancaster. The right to appoint a church living is known as an advowson.

The Duchy’s advowsons date from the time when the Duchy owned manors and lands in every county. Many manors were sold by monarchs to raise money – for example, by Charles I during the Civil War – but the advowsons were retained. They are mainly posts for parish priests. The livings are located in the northern, middle and eastern parts of the country, although, curiously, none actually fall within the County Palatine of Lancaster. The preliminary administration of new appointments is dealt with by the Chaplain of the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy. Candidates are interviewed, and recommendations by the relevant Bishop are taken into account. Guidance is also taken from the local Parochial Church Council to ensure that the nature and wishes of the parish are established.  A recommendation is made to the Chancellor and, following this approval, the new incumbent is appointed and a ceremonial presentation made. The current incumbents and priests-in-charge of the Duchy livings are:

Living Diocese Incumbent
Ackworth
Leeds
The Reverend Paul Hartley (Rector)
Ashen
Chelmsford
The Reverend Jonathan Lowe (Rector)
Ashley
Bristol
The Reverend Philip Daniels (Rector)
Barwick-in-Elmet
Leeds
The Reverend Andrew Nicholson (Priest in Charge)
Beeston  Regis
Norwich
The Reverend David Head (Rector)
Castleford
Leeds
(vacant)
Clare
St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich
The Reverend Stuart Mitchell (Rector)
Crofton
Leeds
The Reverend Louise Tinniswood (Vicar)
Dedham
Chelmsford
The Reverend Anthony Wilson (Priest in Charge)
Easthorpe
Chelmsford
The Reverend Anne-Marie Renshaw (Team Rector)
Edingthorpe
Norwich
The Reverend Paul Cubitt (Rector)
Gimingham (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones
Hertford
St Albans
The Reverend Canon Joan Loveridge (Team Rector)
Hertingfordbury
St Albans
The Reverend Canon Joan Loveridge (Team Rector)
Kirk Bramwith
Sheffield
(vacant)
Langham
Chelmsford
The Reverend Dr. Amanda Elmes (Priest in Charge)
Long Bennington
Lincoln
The Reverend Harriet Orridge (Priest in Charge)
Matlaske
Norwich
(vacant)
Methley
Leeds
The Reverend Jeremy Trigg (Team Rector)
Miningsby
Lincoln
The Reverend Canon Peter Coates (Team Rector)
Mundesley (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones
North Cotes
Lincoln
The Reverend Christopher Woadden (Vicar)
Northrepps (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Canon David Roper (Rector)
Owmby
Lincoln
The Reverend Sally Turnbull (Rector)
Plumstead (Matlaske)
Norwich
(vacant)
Poole Keynes
Gloucester
The Reverend Trevor Kemp (Rector)
Rothbury
Newcastle
The Reverend Michael Boag (Rector)
Rushden
St Albans
The Reverend Fiona Wheatley (Vicar)
Sidestrand (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Canon David Roper (Rector)
Somercotes
Lincoln
(vacant)
South Thoresby
Lincoln
The Reverend Lorraine Turner (Rector)
Southrepps (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Canon David Roper (Rector)
Stambourne
Chelmsford
The Reverend Barbara Hume (Priest in Charge)
Stanford Rivers
Chelmsford
(vacant)
Stanhope
Durham
(vacant)
Stratford St Mary
St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich
The Reverend Rosalind Paul (Rector)
Swafield (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones
Thringstone
Leicester
The Reverend Liz Angell (Rector)
Trimingham (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Canon David Roper (Rector)
Trunch
Tutbury
Norwich
Lichfield
The Reverend Andrew Jones
The Reverend Ian Whitehead (Minister in Charge)
Whitwick
Leicester
The Reverend Liz Angell (Rector)