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This article is written from a Christian perspective.

The Anglican Diocese of Canterbury is a part of the English county of Kent which lies to the east of the River Medway but which includes all of urban Maidstone and which excludes the Medway towns from Rainham westwards.

The governance of this Anglican Diocese is in the hands of the Bishop of Dover who acts, effectively, as Diocesan bishop with fully delegated powers from the Archbishop of Canterbury. When the Bishop of Dover acts in that capacity he is referred to as the Bishop in Canterbury.

There is second suffragan see of Maidstone and the bishop of Richborough, a Provincial Episcopal Visitor, is also regarded as a suffragan of the diocese. The two Anglican Archdeaconries are of Canterbury and Maidstone. There are 16 Deaneries, 264 parishes. The number of paid clergy (benefices) are far smaller than one would expect as one rural benefice may group 4 or more parishes under a single stipendiary minister. There are 101 Anglican Primary Schools and four Anglican Secondary Schools.

The administrative offices of the Diocese are at Diocesan House, in Canterbury, opened in 1955. The basement chapel of 'DH' is at Roman street level and dedicated to the Saints of Canterbury.

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