Bishop of Ripon

This article is about the current area bishops. For the lapsed diocesan bishops, see Bishop of Ripon (modern diocese). For the ancient diocesan bishops, see Bishop of Ripon (ancient).

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 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]

The current title Bishop of Ripon is renamed from Bishop of Knaresborough, which was an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Dioceses of Ripon (later Ripon and Leeds) and then of Leeds, in the Province of York, England.[2] The title took its name after the historic market and spa town of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.

The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds was dissolved on 20 April 2014[3] and its former territory was added to the new Diocese of Leeds.[4] The current Area Bishop of Ripon is James Bell,[5][6] who had previously been the suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough and area bishop in Ripon;[5] and acting diocesan Bishop of Ripon and Leeds until the dissolution of that diocese.

Following the creation of the Diocese of Leeds[7] on 20 April 2014, the see of Knaresborough was eventually renamed to become the suffragan see for the area Bishop of Ripon.[8] To that end the General Synod approved a petition from the Bishop of Leeds in February 2015;[9] that petition was approved by the Queen-in-Council on 19 March 2015[10] and so the see was translated to Ripon.

James Bell continues in the same See, becoming the area Bishop of Ripon.[11]

List of bishops

Bishops of Knaresborough
From Until Incumbent Notes
1905 1934 Lucius Smith (1860–1934)
1934 1938 Paul de Labilliere (1879–1946). Afterwards Dean of Westminster.
1938 1948 John Bateman-Champain (1880–1950)
1948 1965 Henry de Candole (1895–1971)
1965 1972 Howard Cruse (1908–1979)
1972 1979 Ralph Emmerson (1914–2008)
1979 1986 John Dennis (b. 1931). Translated to St Edmundsbury & Ipswich.
1986 1997 Malcolm Menin (b. 1932)
1997 2003 Frank Weston (1935–2003)
2004 2015 James Bell (b. 1950) Area bishop for Ripon from 20 April 2014 and interim area bishop in Leeds, 20–22 April 2014; See translated to Ripon, 19 March 2015
Bishops of Ripon
From Until Incumbent Notes
19 March 2015 present James Bell previously Bishop of Knaresborough[5] (which See translated by Order-in-Council 19 March 2015) and the area bishop for the Ripon episcopal area in the new Diocese of Leeds.[6] Retirement announced for 30 April 2017.[12]


  1. "Diocesan map with deaneries". Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  3. "The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds is now dissolved". Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  4. "New diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales". 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  5. 1 2 3 "Bishop James Bell". Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. 1 2 The Transformation Programme – Archbishop appoints interim area bishops (Accessed 10 January 2014)
  7. The Church of England – Synod approves new Diocese of Leeds for West Yorkshire and The Dales
  8. Moving towards a new diocese for West Yorkshire and the Dales (Accessed 9 July 2013)
  9. Diocese of Liverpool – General Synod: February 2015 group of sessions (Accessed 21 February 2015)
  10. Orders in Council, 19 March 2015 (Accessed 25 March 2015)
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  12. Diocese of Leeds — Bishop of Ripon to retire (Accessed 25 October 2016)
  13. "Historical successions: Ripon and Leeds". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 11/3/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.