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A vicar from Cheshire has created history today.
The Reverend Libby Lane has been named as the first woman Church of England bishop.
Mrs Lane was unveiled in Stockport only a month after Anglican leaders voted to put an end to years of wrangling over the issue.
Ashley Derricott reports.
Libby Lane, the new Bishop of Stockport, is a saxophone-playing, Oxford-educated Manchester United fan with a husband and two grown-up children.
Her appointment ends centuries of male dominance at the head of the Church, and was by Lane's own admission "a long time coming".
The 48-year-old was educated at St Peter's College, Oxford before training for the ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.
She was ordained as a priest in 1993 and has been a bishop's selection advisor since 2003 - though was not herself eligible to become a bishop until one month ago.
Her husband George is a chaplain at Manchester Airport and the pair were among the first married couple in the Church of England to be ordained together. Their children are now both in higher education.
Lane leaves her current position as vicar at St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, which she has held since 2007.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is "absolutely delighted" at the appointment of Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport.
The Church of England announced in a historic appointment today that the Rev Libby Lane will become its first female bishop.
The announcement comes a month after the General Synod formally adopted legislation in favour of women bishops.
Ms Lane, 48, has been appointed the new Bishop of Stockport, an assistant or suffragan bishop, in the diocese of Chester.
She will be consecrated as the 8th bishop of the town at a ceremony at York Minster on January 26.
She was ordained a priest in 1994 and has served a number of parish and chaplaincy roles in the north of England in the dioceses of Blackburn, York and Chester.
For the past eight years she has served as vicar of St Peter's, Hale, Greater Manchester, and St Elizabeth's, Ashley, Cheshire.
Ms Lane said:
The move marks the end of centuries of all-male leadership in the Church.