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||
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.