Who is included in Crockford?
Crockford includes details of over 26,000 clergy and deaconesses of the Church of England, the Church in Wales, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Church of Ireland. Clergy currently serving overseas qualify for inclusion if they have trained or have been licensed in this country (see Overseas clergy below). Clergy who have died since the last edition are listed. Generally, clergy who have resigned their offices (but not their orders) are included unless they are known to have been received into another Church. A small number of clergy are excluded at their own request.
Readers and lay workers are not included: please consult diocesan directories. The Who’s Who section of The Church of England Year Book (published annually by Church House Publishing and covering most aspects of the life and institutions of the Church of England) lists members of General Synod and principal members of staff of the Church’s central organisations.
Addresses and telephone numbers
Where more than one telephone number is given, the first will normally relate to the address shown.
Addressing the clergy
See How to address the clergy.
Appointment details given in clergy and benefice records
These reflect the legal pastoral situation prevailing at the last update of the system data. Data is updated once a week. Conventional districts, proprietary chapels and local ecumenical projects are also recorded. Benefice names are only recorded once in a biographical entry when they apply to successive appointments.
Crockford does not record group ministries, informal local arrangements, areas of special responsibility, emeritus appointments (except as reflected in the style of address), licence or permission to officiate when held in conjunction with another appointment from the same diocese, commissary appointments, examining chaplaincies, or secular appointments (except for educational or charitable posts).
Appointments held before ordination are not included (apart from service as a deaconess) unless they straddle the date of ordination.
The presiding (arch-)bishop or metropolitan of each of the provinces of the Anglican Communion is listed, cross-referenced as appropriate, together with the Moderator of each of the united churches (soon to be provided).
See Archdeaconries, deaneries and rural deans (soon to be provided).
Search for the place name in All records or Benefice to find the appointment history to that post, or search for 'archdeacon of placename' in Clergy records, to quickly find the current post holder.
Bishops (diocesan, area, suffragan, and provincial episcopal visitors)
Search for 'bishop of placename' to find the current post-holder. See also the list of diocesan, area, suffragan and assistant bishops by diocese, which also includes provincial episcopal visitors.
See the list of bishops in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Bishops in the House of Lords
See the list of Bishops in the House of Lords.
See the International section for available details (soon to be provided). Further information about the Anglican Communion can be found in The Church of England Year Book.
Bishops and archbishops, former
A list of former archbishops and bishops can be found under Historical successions.
Boundaries, provincial and diocesan
Maps of England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland, showing provincial and diocesan boundaries and cathedral cities can be found in the printed edition of Crockford's Clerical Directory but are not available online at the present time. There is, however, a map of the dioceses in England on the Church of England web site.
See Cathedrals for full-time cathedral clergy. The list does not include honorary appointments.
See Royal Peculiars.
The name by which a person prefers to be known, if not the first Christian name, is underlined (for example, SMITH, David John prefers to be called John). Names ‘in religion’ or names not part of a person’s legal name are shown in parentheses.
Church: how to find the names of clergy responsible for a particular church
Search for the place name in Benefice records to find appointment details for the appropriate benefice.
Church: how to find the names of clergy responsible for a particular church when there is a vacancy
The deanery reference (for example, Guildf 2) following the benefice name cross-refers to the listing of Archdeaconries, deaneries and rural deans (soon to be provided) by means of which the name of the rural dean responsible for the vacant benefice can be found.
See Educational chaplains for a list of chaplains at universities, colleges of further education, colleges of higher education, sixth-form colleges, and schools.
Please send notice of any corrections to: The Crockford Compiler, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ Tel (020) 7898 1012 Fax 7898 1769 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The full title is Crockford’s Clerical Directory. Crockford (not Crockford’s) is an accepted abbreviation. See also the biography of John Crockford.
In the printed Crockford, deaconesses are listed separately from clergy. However, on this web site, deaconesses must be found by searching in Clergy records; it is not possible to provide a separate search listing for deaconesses online as it is in the book.
Search in Clergy records.
See rural or area deans below.
Search for the place name. See also Cathedrals, and Royal Peculiars.
Details of the diocesan offices in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland can be found in the Listings section.
These are provided where known. See after the telephone and/or fax number.
Europe, chaplains in
See Chaplains of the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.
The exchange number is only given if different from that of the preceding telephone number.
Whole-time and part-time hospital chaplains are listed under their NHS trusts in Hospital chaplains. Cross-references have been inserted for individual hospitals.
Lay workers are not included in Crockford: please consult diocesan directories.
Search in Benefice records. City and Guild churches are listed under LONDON CITY CHURCHES and LONDON GUILD CHURCHES. In other cases, see under church name (for example, LANGHAM PLACE (All Souls), WESTMINSTER (St Matthew)).
Married or single?
Crockford does not provide information on marital status. However, we have included the form of address Miss, Mrs or Ms where requested. Where there has been a change of surname, a cross-reference may be found from the previous name.
Non-stipendiary clergy are listed in the Clergy records.
See Theological colleges and courses.
Clergy who are on the Crockford database and who are currently serving overseas qualify for inclusion. Service overseas has in the past been recorded simply by country, though higher office (for example, as bishop or archdeacon) has also been noted. Other eligible appointments are now being added on request.
Overseas addresses and telephone numbers are given as required by a user in the UK, and include the international access and country codes, as well as the area code. If dialling from within the country concerned, the user will need to omit the international access and country codes, and dial zero immediately before the area code.
The patron of each benefice is listed under the benefice name.
See the listing of Prison chaplains (soon to be provided).
Search in Benefice records.
Provincial episcopal visitors
Search for the place name: this is cross-referenced to a personal name. See also the list of bishops and provincial episcopal visitors.
Search for the place name: this is cross-referenced to a personal name. See also the listing of Cathedrals.
See Royal Peculiars, etc.
Readers are not included in Crockford: please consult diocesan directories.
For members of religious orders where the Christian name alone is commonly used (for example, Brother Aidan) a cross-reference is provided to the surname. Names ‘in religion’ not forming part of a person’s legal name will be shown in parentheses. Details of religious communities are provided in The Church of England Year Book.
The description ‘rtd’ does not imply that ministry has ceased, only that clergy so described are now in receipt of a pension. All eligible appointments are now recorded.
Rural or area deans
See the listing of Archdeaconries, deaneries and rural deans (soon to be provided). To find who is the rural dean of a particular church, look up the place or benefice name in the Benefice records: the deanery reference (for example, Guildf 2) following the benefice name cross-refers to Archdeaconries, deaneries and rural deans where the name of the rural dean responsible can be found.
See Educational chaplains for chaplains in schools.
See Chaplains to Her Majesty's Services.
See Educational chaplains.
Theological colleges and courses
See Theological colleges and courses.
See Educational chaplains.