- Diocese of Wakefield
Diocese of Wakefield Location Ecclesiastical province York Archdeaconries Halifax, Pontefract Statistics Parishes 188 Churches 234 Information Cathedral Wakefield Cathedral Current leadership Bishop Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield Suffragan Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract Archdeacons Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract
Archdeacon of Halifax (Vacant)
The Diocese of Wakefield is a Church of England diocese based in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, covering Wakefield, Barnsley, Kirklees and Calderdale. The cathedral is Wakefield Cathedral and the bishop is the Bishop of Wakefield.
The Diocese of Wakefield was created out of the then Diocese of Ripon in 1888 in response to the rapid expansion in population due to the Industrial Revolution. It extends north to south from the suburbs of Leeds to Barnsley and east to west from Kellington to Todmorden.
Under the Dioceses Commission's Draft Reorganisation Scheme, the Diocese and See of Wakefield would be dissolved to facilitate the creation of a new Anglican Diocese of Leeds. The Archdeaconry of Halifax would become part of the new Huddersfield episcopal area; and the Archdeaconry of Pontefract would form the new Wakefield episcopal area. The suffragan see of Pontefract would be translated to Wakefield, and Wakefield Cathedral would become a seat for the new diocesan Bishop of Leeds (equal seats being Bradford Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral and possibly Leeds Pro-Cathedral). The canons from the colleges of the cathedrals would merge into a new diocesan college, the deans would retain day-to-day authority in their own cathedral, while one would become presiding dean of the college.
- Church of England Statistics 2002
- The Dioceses Commission's Yorkshire Review — A Guide to the Report
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