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Archbishop of Westminster

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The Archbishop of Westminster is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster in the Region of Great Britain. The incumbent is a Metropolitan and normally the president of the Roman Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

The archdiocese covers an area of 3,634 km² of the London Boroughs north of the River Thames and the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Newham in the west, together with the districts of Staines and Sunbury-on-Thames and the County of Hertfordshire. The Metropolitan see is in the City of Westminster where the seat is located at Metropolitan Cathedral Church of the Most Precious Holy Blood, Saint Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint Peter (not to be confused with Westminster Abbey).

The Vicariate Apostolic of the London District was elevated to archdiocese status on 29 September 1850. The current archbishop is His Eminence Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, the 10th Metropolitan Archbishop of Westminster.


List of the Archbishops of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, England and its precursor offices


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Tenure Incumbent Notes
15 March 1623 to 13 April 1624Bishop William Bishop, Vicar Apostolic of EnglandDied in office
29 November 1624 to 1632Bishop Richard Smith, Vicar Apostolic of EnglandResigned
24 August 1685 to 30 January 1688Bishop John Leyburn, Vicar Apostolic of EnglandBecoming Vicar Appostolic of London
30 January 1688 to 20 June 1702Bishop John Leyburn, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
14 March 1703 to 12 March 1734Bishop Bonaventure Giffard, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
12 March 1734 to 22 December 1758Bishop Benjamin Petre, OSB, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
22 September 1758 to 12 January 1781Bishop Richard Challoner, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
12 January 1781 to 26 January 1790Bishop James Robert Talbot, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
10 September 1790 to 8 May 1812Bishop John Douglass, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
8 May 1812 to 26 November 1827Bishop William Poynter, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
26 November 1827 to 11 July 1836Bishop James Yorke Bramston, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
11 July 1836 to 12 August 1847Bishop Thomas Griffiths, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
17 July 1848 to 18 February 1849Bishop Thomas Walsh, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictDied in office
18 February 1849 to 29 September 1850Bishop Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman, Vicar Apostolic of the London DistrictNicolás Patricio Esteban; becoming Archbishop
29 September 1850 to 30 September 1850Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman, Archbishop of WestminsterHitherto Vicar Apostolic; elevated to Cardinal
30 September 1850 to 15 February 1865Nicholas Patrick Stephen Cardinal Wiseman, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
30 April 1865 to 15 March 1875Henry Edward Manning, Archbishop of WestminsterElevated to Cardinal
15 March 1875 to 14 January 1892Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, Archbishop of WestminsterPriest of Westminster; Ordained 8 June 1875; died in office
8 April 1892 to 16 January 1893Herbert Vaughan, Archbishop of WestminsterBishop of Salford; died in office
16 January 1893 to 19 June 1903Herbert Cardinal Vaughan, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
11 September 1903 to 27 November 1911Francis Alphonsus Bourne, Archbishop of WestminsterCoadjutor Bishop of Southwark; elevated to Cardinal
27 November 1911 to 31 December 1934Francis Alphonsus Cardinal Bourne, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
1 April 1935 to 13 December 1937Arthur Hinsley, Archbishop of WestminsterPriest of Westminster; elevated to Cardinal
13 December 1937 to 17 March 1943Arthur Cardinal Hinsley, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
18 December 1943 to 18 February 1946Bernard William Griffin, Archbishop of WestminsterAuxiliary Bishop of Birmingham; elevated to Cardinal
18 February 1946 to 19 August 1956Bernard William Cardinal Griffin, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
3 December 1956 to 15 December 1958William Godfrey, Archbishop of WestminsterArchbishop of Liverpool; elevated to Cardinal
15 December 1958 to 22 January 1963William Cardinal Godfrey, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
2 September 1963 to 22 February 1965John Carmel Heenan, Archbishop of WestminsterArchbishop of Liverpool; elevated to Cardinal
22 February 1965 to 7 November 1975John Carmel Cardinal Heenan, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
9 February 1976 to 24 May 1976George Basil Hume, OSB, Archbishop of WestminsterPriest of the Order of Saint Benedict; elevated to Cardinal
24 May 1976 to 17 June 1999George Basil Cardinal Hume, OSB, Archbishop of WestminsterDied in office
15 February 2000 to 21 February 2001Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Metropolitan Archbishop of WestminsterBishop of Arundel and Brighton; elevated to Cardinal
21 February 2001 to presentCormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Metropolitan Archbishop of Westminster 


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