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Dorchester-on-Thames, diocese of

Dorchester-on-Thames, diocese of. First created in c.635 as the see of Birinus for Wessex, it was transferred to Winchester c.663. A Mercian bishopric existed here twice, 675–85, and again following Leicester's retreat from the 8th-cent. Danish invasions. As the Danelaw was reconquered, Dorchester extended its authority to the Humber; c.1072 the see was moved to Lincoln.

Revd Dr William M. Marshall

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