is the Bishop of Ripon and Leeds ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Ripon and Leeds in the Province of York.
Though one ancient Bishop of Ripon is known, the modern diocese dates from 1836. Since 1999, the see has been called the
Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, reflecting the growing importance of Leeds, the largest city within the diocese and one of the fastest-growing cities in Britain.
The bishop lives in Hollin House, a six bedroom house in
Weetwood, North Leeds, having moved there from Ripon in August 2008. The only bishop of Ripon and Leeds was the Right Reverend John Richard Packer, who signed John Ripon and Leeds. There is one suffragan bishop in the diocese, the Bishop of Knaresborough, who is now acting diocesan bishop. [1 ]
Upon the expected creation of the
Diocese of Leeds, approved by the General Synod on 8 July 2013, the see will be dissolved and its territory added to the new diocese within which there will be an [2 ] Area Bishop of Ripon and a diocesan and area Bishop of Leeds. [3 ]
List of diocesan bishops [ edit ]
Ancient Bishop of Ripon
Previously Bishop of Lindsey
Bishops of Ripon (New Foundation)
Nominated on 15 October and consecrated on 6 November 1836. Translated to Durham in 1856.
Nominated on 17 December 1856 and consecrated on 18 January 1857. Died in office on 15 April 1884.
William Boyd Carpenter
Nominated on 11 June and consecrated on 25 July 1884. Resigned on 8 November 1911 and died on 26 October 1928.
Translated from Sodor and Man. Nominated on 22 November 1911 and confirmed on 4 February 1912. Resigned on 22 April 1920 and died on 12 February 1926.
Nominated on 24 June and consecrated on 24 August 1920. Translated to Oxford on 13 October 1925.
Nominated on 29 October 1925 and consecrated on 6 January 1926. Died in office on 23 August 1934.
Nominated on 19 November 1934 and consecrated on 25 January 1935. Translated to Salisbury on 9 October 1946.
Nominated on 11 October and consecrated on 1 November 1946. Resigned on 6 April 1959 and died on 30 November 1971.
Nominated on 2 May and consecrated on 11 June 1959. Resigned on 30 November 1975 and died on 13 January 1989.
Translated from Doncaster. Nominated on 10 February and confirmed on 18 March 1976. Died in office on 15 March 1977.
Nominated on 11 July and consecrated on 21 September 1977. Retired in 1999 and died on 10 August 2008. [4 ]
Bishops of Ripon and Leeds
2014 (expected) [5 ]
Translated from Warrington. Took office on Sunday, 16 July 2000. [6 ]
31 January 2014
20 April 2014 (announced)
James Bell (Acting) The Bishop suffragan of Knaresborough is acting diocesan bishop between Packer's retirement and the dissolution of the diocese.
Area Bishops of Ripon
20 April 2014
James Bell, Bishop of Knaresborough It has been announced that Bell is to be the area bishop for the Ripon episcopal area in the new
Diocese of Leeds. [7 ]
[8 ] [9 ]
References [ edit ]
Bishop-designate of Leeds, Nick Baines Diocesan 'mentor bishop' and interim
area bishop in Bradford, Tom Butler The
Bishop of Pontefract, area bishop in Wakefield and interim area bishop in Huddersfield, Tony Robinson The
Bishop of Knaresborough area bishop in Ripon and interim area bishop in Leeds, James Bell
AEO: to be announced The
Dean of Wakefield (senior dean), Jonathan Greener The
Dean of Bradford, Jerry Lepine The Sub-
Dean of Ripon, Keith Punshon The
Archdeacon of Bradford, David Lee The
Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven, Paul Slater The
Archdeacon of Pontefract, Peter Townley The
Archdeacon of Halifax, Anne Dawtry The
Archdeacon of Leeds, Paul Hooper