Diocese of York

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Coordinates: 53°57′43″N 1°4′55″W / 53.96194°N 1.08194°W / 53.96194; -1.08194

Diocese of York
Ecclesiastical province York
Archdeaconries Cleveland, the East Riding, York
Parishes 472
Churches 607
Cathedral York Minster
Current leadership
Bishop John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
Suffragans Richard Frith, Bishop of Hull
Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley (PEV)
Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby[1]
John Thomson, Bishop of Selby[1]
Archdeacons David Butterfield, Archdeacon for Generous Giving and Stewardship
Sarah Bullock, Archdeacon of York
Peter Harrison, Acting Archdeacon of the East Riding (archdeacon-designate: Andy Broom)
Richard Rowling, Acting Archdeacon of Cleveland

The Diocese of York is an administrative division of the Church of England, part of the Province of York. It covers the city of York, the eastern part of North Yorkshire, and most of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The diocese is headed by the Archbishop of York and its cathedral is York Minster. The diocese is divided into three archdeaconries of Cleveland in the north (with a Bishop of Whitby), the East Riding (with a Bishop of Hull), and in the south-west the Archdeaconry of York (with a Bishop of Selby). The suffragan See of Hull was created in 1891, Whitby in 1923 and Selby in 1939. The Bishop of Beverley, while technically a member of the archbishop's staff, has episcopal oversight for those parishes in 9 of the dioceses of the Province of York who do not accept women's ordination as priests.

The diocese was once much larger, covering Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and parts of Lancashire, Cumberland and Westmorland.


In 1541, the archdeanery of Richmond, North Yorkshire, which included part of the Yorkshire Dales, North Lancashire (including Furness), the southern part of Westmorland and the ward of Allerdale above Derwent in Cumberland, became part of the new Diocese of Chester. (These areas later became parts of other dioceses.)

In 1836 the western part (corresponding broadly to the West Riding) was split into the Ripon diocese, which has since been subdivided into the dioceses of Ripon and Leeds, Bradford, and Wakefield. In 1884 Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire became part of the new Diocese of Southwell, from which Derbyshire was split off again in 1927 to form the Diocese of Derby. In 1914 the Diocese of Sheffield (covering South Yorkshire) was split off as an independent diocese.


  1. ^ a b Diocese of York – New Bishops of Selby and Whitby (Accessed 2 May 2014)

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