Archdeacons in Wakefield Diocese.

There are two Archdeacons serving Wakefield Diocese. The Archdeacon of Halifax looks after the west of the diocese (the deaneries of Calder Valley, Halifax, Brighouse and Elland, Huddersfield, Almondbury and Kirkheaton). The Archdeacon of Pontefract looks after the east (the deaneries of Dewsbury, Wakefield, Pontefract, Barnsley and Birstall).

What is a Archdeacon?

An Archdeacon is a source of advice, guidance and support to the Bishop, clergy, churchwardens and the people of the parishes he or she serves. S/he admits churchwardens into office each year at the annual Visitation and ensures that parishes look after their church buildings. S/he is also involved with the appointment of parish clergy and in their ministry review, and sits on many of the key committees of the diocese.

Link to Downloads page with information about Archdeacons' Visitations and Inspections.

Link to Handbook page with information about Vacancies.


Ven Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax

The Venerable Anne Dawtry
Archdeacon of Halifax

2 Vicarage Gardens
West Yorkshire

01484 714553

email here

Christine Bleasdale, PA to Archdeacon of Halifax.



Peter Townley

The Venerable Peter Townley
Archdeacon of Pontefract

The Vicarage
West Yorkshire 

01924 896327

email here

Rita Peacock, PA to Archdeacon of Pontefract.




People Pages


Bishop History

Bishop of Wakefield

Bishop of Wakefield Photos

Churches and Clergy

General Synod Members

Bishops Sermons and Talks

The Foolishness of God - St Stephen’s Lindley, Tuesday, Holy Week – April 14

It’s a sin to kill a Mocking Bird - St Mary’s, Todmorden, Monday, Holy Week – April 14

Eternity into Man’s Mind - Farewell to Wakefield Diocese, Palm Sunday, Wakefield Cathedral – April 14

Bishop's Archive