List of 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 Charlene Smith (Priest in Charge)
Ashen
Chelmsford
The Reverend Jonathan Lowe (Rector)
Ashley
Bristol
The Reverend Tonya Nixon (Rector)
Barwick-in-Elmet
Leeds
The Reverend Andrew Nicholson (Priest in Charge)
Beeston Regis
Norwich
(vacant)
Castleford
Leeds
The Reverend Keith Freeman
Clare
St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich
(vacant)
Crofton
Leeds
The Reverend Louise Tinniswood (Vicar)
Dedham
Chelmsford
The Reverend Anthony Wilson (Vicar)
Easthorpe
Chelmsford
The Reverend Anne-Marie Renshaw (Team Rector)
Edingthorpe
Norwich
The Reverend Paul Cubitt (Rector)
Gimingham (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones (Rector)
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
The Reverend David Longe (Rector)
Methley
Leeds
The Reverend Canon Dr Arun John (Team Rector)
Miningsby
Lincoln
(vacant)
Mundesley (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones (Rector)
North Cotes
Lincoln
(vacant)
Northrepps (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Sian Reading
Owmby
Lincoln
The Reverend Sally Turnbull (Rector)
Plumstead (Matlaske)
Norwich
The Reverend David Longe (Rector)
Poole Keynes
Gloucester
The Reverend Trevor Kemp (Rector)
Rothbury
Newcastle
The Reverend Canon John Sinclair (Rector)
Rushden
St Albans
The Reverend Fiona Wheatley (Rector)
Sidestrand (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Sian Reading
Somercotes
Lincoln
(vacant)
South Thoresby
Lincoln
The Reverend James Robinson (Rector)
Southrepps (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones
Stambourne
Chelmsford
The Reverend Elizabeth Paxton (Rector)
Stanford Rivers
Chelmsford
The Reverend Noelle Taylor (Rector)
Stanhope
Durham
The Reverend Claire McClelland
Stratford St Mary
St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich
(vacant)
Swafield (Trunch)
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones (Rector)
Thringstone
Leicester
(vacant)
Trimingham (Poppyland)
Norwich
The Reverend Sian Reading
Trunch
Norwich
The Reverend Andrew Jones (Rector)
Tutbury
Lichfield
The Reverend Phyllis Bainbridge
Whitwick
Leicester
(vacant)