- Diocese of Bradford
Diocese of Bradford Location Ecclesiastical province York Archdeaconries Bradford, Craven Statistics Parishes 133 Churches 166 Information Cathedral Bradford Cathedral Current leadership Bishop Nick Baines, Bishop of Bradford Archdeacons David Lee, Archdeacon of Bradford
Paul Slater, Archdeacon of Craven
The Diocese of Bradford is a Church of England diocese within the Province of York. The Diocese covers the area of the City of Bradford, Craven district and the former Sedbergh Rural District now in Cumbria.
The diocese was founded in 1920, from part of the Diocese of Ripon. The church of Saint Peter was elevated to cathedral status in 1919.
Under the Dioceses Commission's Draft Reorganisation Scheme, the Diocese and See of Bradford would be entirely dissolved to facilitate the creation of a new Anglican Diocese of Leeds. The Archdeaconry of Craven would be merged into the Archdeaconry of Richmond (Diocese of Ripon and Leeds), which would be renamed the Archdeaconry of Richmond and Craven (becoming part of the new Ripon episcopal area); and the Archdeaconry of Bradford would form the new Bradford episcopal area. A new suffragan bishop of Bradford would be created, and Bradford Cathedral would become one seat for the new diocesan bishop of Leeds (his or her other equal seats being Ripon Cathedral, Wakefield Cathedral and a possible Leeds Pro-Cathedral). The Canons from the Colleges of the three cathedrals would merge into a new diocesan College, the Deans of each would retain day-to-day authority in their own cathedral, while one would become presiding dean of the College (initially the senior one by tenure – i.e. David Ison, Dean of Bradford – but later the one appointed by the diocesan bishop).
- Church of England Statistics 2002
- The Dioceses Commission's Yorkshire Review — A Guide to the Report
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