Bishop of Ripon

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The Bishop of Ripon is an episcopal title which takes its name after the city of Ripon in North Yorkshire, England. The bishop is one of the area bishops of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales (also known as the Diocese of Leeds) in the Province of York. The area bishop of Ripon has oversight of the archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven, which consists of the deaneries of Bowland, Ewecross, Harrogate, Richmond, Ripon, Skipton, and Wensley.[1]


Though one ancient Bishop of Ripon is known, the modern see of Ripon was established in 1836 from parts of the dioceses of Chester and York.[2] In the same year, the collegiate church in Ripon was raised to the status of cathedral church. From 1905, the bishops of Ripon were assisted by the suffragan bishops of Knaresborough in overseeing the diocese.[3] In 1999, the see changed its name to 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.[3]

The diocesan bishop lived 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 John Packer, who signed John Ripon and Leeds, retired on 31 January 2014.[4]

The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds was dissolved on 20 April 2014[5] and its former territory was added to the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.[6] The current Area Bishop of Ripon is James Bell,[7][8] who had previously been the suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough and area bishop in Ripon;[7] and acting diocesan Bishop of Ripon and Leeds until the dissolution of that diocese.

List of bishops[edit]

Ancient Bishop of Ripon
From Until Incumbent Notes
c. 679 unknown Eadhæd Previously Bishop of Lindsey
Bishops of Ripon (New Foundation)
From Until Incumbent Notes
1836 1856 Charles Longley Nominated on 15 October 1836 and consecrated on 6 November 1836. Translated to Durham in 1856.
1857 1884 Robert Bickersteth Nominated on 17 December 1856 and consecrated on 18 January 1857. Died in office on 15 April 1884.
1884 1911 William Boyd Carpenter Nominated on 11 June 1884 and consecrated on 25 July 1884. Resigned on 8 November 1911 and died on 26 October 1928.
1912 1920 Thomas Drury 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.
1920 1925 Thomas Strong Nominated on 24 June 1920 and consecrated on 24 August 1920. Translated to Oxford on 13 October 1925.
1926 1934 Edward Burroughs Nominated on 29 October 1925 and consecrated on 6 January 1926. Died in office on 23 August 1934.
1935 1946 Geoffrey Lunt Nominated on 19 November 1934 and consecrated on 25 January 1935. Translated to Salisbury on 9 October 1946.
1946 1959 George Chase Nominated on 11 October 1946 and consecrated on 1 November 1946. Resigned on 6 April 1959 and died on 30 November 1971.
1959 1975 John Moorman Nominated on 2 May 1959 and consecrated on 11 June 1959. Resigned on 30 November 1975 and died on 13 January 1989.
1976 1977 Hetley Price Translated from Doncaster. Nominated on 10 February 1976 and confirmed on 18 March 1976. Died in office on 15 March 1977.
1977 1999 David Young Nominated on 11 July 1977 and consecrated on 21 September 1977. Retired in 1999 and died on 10 August 2008.[9]
Bishops of Ripon and Leeds
From Until Incumbent Notes
2000 2014 John Packer Translated from Warrington. Took office on 16 July 2000. It was announced in September 2013 that he would retire in January 2014; with his final duties as bishop on 31 December 2013 and retirement on 31 January 2014.[4]
2014 James Bell (acting bishop) Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough. Acted as diocesan bishop of Ripon and Leeds between Packer's retirement on 31 January 2014 and the dissolution of the diocese on 20 April 2014.
Area Bishops of Ripon
From Until Incumbent Notes
19 March 2015 present James Bell Previously Bishop of Knaresborough[7] (which See translated by Order-in-Council 19 March 2015) and the area bishop for the Ripon episcopal area in the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.[8]


  1. ^ "Diocesan map with deaneries". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Horn, J. M.; Smith, D. M.; Mussett, P. (2004). "Ripon Introduction". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 11: Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Manchester, Ripon, and Sodor and Man Dioceses. Institute of Historical Research. p. 124. 
  3. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  4. ^ a b "Bishop of Ripon and Leeds announces retirement". 10 September 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds is now dissolved". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "New diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales". 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Bishop James Bell". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  8. ^ a b The Transformation Programme – Archbishop appoints interim area bishops (Accessed 10 January 2014)
  9. ^ Obituary: The Rt Rev David Young. The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 17 June 2009.
  10. ^ "Historical successions: Ripon and Leeds". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 
  12. ^ Horn, J. M.; Smith, D. M.; Mussett, P. (2004). "Bishops of Ripon". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 11: Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Manchester, Ripon, and Sodor and Man Dioceses. Institute of Historical Research. p. 129.