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Bishop of Pontefract

The Bishop of Pontefract was an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Dioceses of Wakefield and then of Leeds, in the Province of York, England.[1] The title took its name after the town of Pontefract in West Yorkshire. In the Wakefield diocese, the Bishop of Pontefract was the suffragan bishop for the diocese as a whole but primarily had alternative episcopal oversight for those parishes which rejected the ministry of priests who were women; Robinson now fulfils this role for the new diocese.[2]

Following the creation of the Diocese of Leeds[3] on 20 April 2014, the see was eventually renamed to become the suffragan see for the area Bishop of Wakefield.[4] To that end the General Synod approved a petition from the Bishop of Leeds in February 2015;[5] that petition was approved by the Queen-in-Council on 19 March 2015[6] and so the see was translated to Wakefield.

Tony Robinson continues in the same See, becoming the area Bishop of Wakefield.[7]

List of bishops

Bishops of Pontefract
From Until Incumbent Notes
1931 1938 Campbell 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 1931-38, Subsequently to Bishop of Wakefield 1938-46.
1939 1949 Tom Longworth, DD Canon and Archdeacon, 1938. Subsequently Bishop of Hereford, 1949-61.
1949 1954 Arthur Morris DD Canon and Archdeacon, 1946. Subsequently Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, 1954–65.
1954 1961 George Clarkson Canon, 1936. Vicar of Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Newark-on-Trent 1948. Archdeacon, 1954. Subsequently Dean of Guildford, 1961–68, Assistant Bishop of Lincoln, 1968-77.
1961 1968 Eric Treacy 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 1961-8. Subsequently Bishop of Wakefield, 1968-77.
1968 1971 Gordon Fallows, MA Canon 1952. Archdeacon of Lancaster, 1955. Subsequently Bishop of Sheffield, 1971-79.
1971 1992 Thomas Hare MA Canon 1959-65. Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness, 1965–71.
1993 1998 John Finney, MA Canon 1984-9. Officer for Decade of Evangelism.
1998 2002 David James Subsequently Bishop of Bradford, 2002-2010.
2002 2015 Tony Robinson Area bishop for Wakefield and interim area bishop for Huddersfield since 20 April 2014; See translated to Wakefield, 19 March 2015
Further information: Bishop of Wakefield


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ The Church of England – Synod approves new Diocese of Leeds for West Yorkshire and The Dales
  4. ^ Moving towards a new diocese for West Yorkshire and the Dales (Accessed 9 July 2013)
  5. ^ Diocese of Liverpool – General Synod: February 2015 group of sessions (Accessed 21 February 2015)
  6. ^ Orders in Council, 19 March 2015 (Accessed 25 March 2015)
  7. ^ [2] (Accessed 4 March 2013)

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