Bishop History

The Rt Revd Stephen Platten presides over and cares for the Diocese of Wakefield. He is the 12th Bishop of Wakefield and began this ministry on 19 July 2003. He was formerly Dean of Norwich.

Bishops of Wakefield

1888 - 1897 William Walsham How, DD

Rector of Whittington, Shropshire 1851-79. Bishop of Bedford, as Suffragan to the Bishop of London, 1879-88.

1897 - 1928 George Rodney Eden, DD

Assistant Master Aysgarth School 1878-9. Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Durham 1879-1883. Vicar and Rural Dean of Bishop Auckland, 1883-90. Bishop-Suffragan of Dover 1890-97.

1928 - 1938 James Buchanan Seaton, DD

Vice Principal of Leeds Clergy School, 1896-1900. Curate of Leeds Parish Church, 1896-1905. Vicar of Armley,1905-9. Archdeacon of Johannesburg and Rector of St Mary's Johannesburg, 1909-14. Principal of Cuddesdon College and Vicar of Cuddesdon, 1914-28.

1938 - 1945 Campbell Richard Hone, DD

Domestic Chaplain to Bishop Eden, Wakefield, 1902-5. Vice Principal of Leeds Clergy School, 1905-9. Vicar of Mount Pellon, Halifax, 1909-16. Vicar of Brighouse, 1916-20. Rector and Rural Dean of Whitby, 1920-7. Canon and Prebendary Wistow in York Minster,1927-31. Archdeacon and Bishop Suffragan of Pontefract, 1931-8.

1946 - 1948 Henry McGowan, DD

Vicar St Mark's Church, Birmingham, 1923-5. Emmanuel Church, Southport, 1925-31. Aston juxta Birmingham, 1931-46. Archdeacon of Aston, 1938-46.

1949 - 1958 Roger Plumpton Wilson, DD

Vicar Holy Trinity, South Shore, Blackpool, 1939-44. Radcliffe-on-Trent, 1944-9. Archdeacon of Nottingham, 1944-9.

1958 - 1968 John Alexander Ramsbotham, DD

Curate of All Hallows, Lombard Street, London, 1919-32. Vice Principal Wells Theological College, 1934-6. Warden of the College of Ascension, Selly Oak, 1936-41. Rector Ordsall, 1941-2. Vicar St George's, Jesmond, Newcastle, 1942-50. Bishop Suffragan of Jarrow, 1950-8.

1968 - 1976 Eric Treacy, MBE, LL.D

Vicar St Mary's Edge Hill, 1936-41. Chaplain to the Forces, 1940-5. Rector of Keighley, 1945-9. Rural Dean of South Craven, 1947-9. Rural Dean and Vicar of Halifax, 1950-61. Archdeacon of Halifax, 1949-61. Archdeacon and Suffragan Bishop of Pontefract, 1961-8.

1977 - 1985 Colin Clement Walter James, MA

Religious Broadcasting Department of the BBC, 1959-67. Vicar of St Peter's, Bournemouth, 1967-73. Bishop of Basingstoke, 1973-7.

1985 - 1991 David Michael Hope, BA, D.Phil

Curate of St John, Tue Brook, Liverpool, 1965-70. Chaplain in Bucharest, 1967-8. Vicar of St Andrew, Orford, 1970-4. Principal St Stephen's House, Oxford, 1974-82. Vicar of All Saints, Margaret Street, London 1982-85.

1992 - 2003 Nigel Simeon McCulloch, MA

Curate of Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, 1966-70. Chaplain Christ College, Cambridge, 1970-75. Diocesan Missioner of Norwich, 1973-8. Priest-in-Charge of Salisbury, St Thomas & St Edmund, 1978-81. Canon & Prebendary of Sarum Cathedral, 1979-86. Archdeacon of Sarum, 1979-86. Prebendary of Wells Cathedral and Suffragan Bishop of Taunton, 1986-92.

 

Bishops of Pontefract

1931 - 1938 Campbell Richard Hone, DD

Domestic Chaplain to Bishop Eden, Wakefield, 1902-5. Vice Principal of Leeds Clergy School, 1905-9. Vicar of Mount Pellon, Halifax, 1909-16. Vicar of Brighouse, 1916-20. Rector and Rural Dean of Whitby, 1920-7. Canon and Prebendary Wistow in York Minster,1927-31.

1939 - 1949 Tom Longworth, DD

Born 1891. Canon and Archdeacon, 1938. Subsequently Bishop of Hereford, 1949-61.

1949 - 1954 Arthur Harold Morris, DD

Born 1898. Canon and Archdeacon, 1946. Subsequently Bishop of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, 1954-65.

1954 - 1961 George William Clarkson

Born 1897. Canon, 1936. Archdeacon, 1954. Subsequently Dean of Guildford, 1961-68, Assistant Bishop of Lincoln, 1968-77.

1961 - 1968 Eric Treacy

Born 1907. Vicar St Mary's Edge Hill, 1936-41. Chaplain to the Forces, 1940-5. Rector of Keighley, 1945-9. Rural Dean of South Craven, 1947-9. Rural Dean and Vicar of Halifax, 1950-61. Archdeacon of Halifax, 1949-61.

1968 - 1971 William Gordon Fallows, MA

Born 1913. Canon 1952. Archdeacon 1955. Subsequently Bishop of Sheffield, 1971-79.

1971 - 1992 Thomas Richard Hare, MA

Born 1922. Canon 1959-65. Archdeacon 1965-71.

1993 - 1998 John Thornley Finney

Born 1932. Canon 1984-9. Officer for Decade of Evangelism.

 

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Dying yet Glorified - All Saints, Elland, Wednesday, Holy Week – April 14

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

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