Archbishop of York
Arms of the Archbishop of York: Gules, two keys in saltire the wards upwards argent in chief a regal crown proper
since 9 July 2020
|Style||The Most Revd|
and Rt Hon
|First holder||Paulinus of York|
|Established||Bishopric in 626 |
Archbishopric in 735
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The Archbishop of York is a senior bishop in the Church of England, second only to the archbishop of Canterbury. The archbishop is the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of York and the metropolitan bishop of the Province of York, which covers the northern regions of England (north of the Trent) as well as the Isle of Man. The archbishop of York is an ex officio member of the House of Lords and is styled Primate of England; the archbishop of Canterbury is the "Primate of All England".
The archbishop's throne ( cathedra ) is in York Minster in central York and the official residence is Bishopthorpe Palace in the village of Bishopthorpe outside York. The current archbishop is Stephen Cottrell, since the confirmation of his election on 9 July 2020.
There was a bishop in Eboracum (Roman York) from very early times; during the Middle Ages, it was thought to have been one of the dioceses established by the legendary King Lucius. Bishops of York are known to have been present at the councils of Arles (Eborius) and Nicaea (unnamed). However, this early Christian community was later destroyed by the pagan Anglo-Saxons and there is no direct succession from these bishops to the post-Augustinian ones.
The diocese was refounded by Paulinus (a member of Augustine's mission) in the 7th century. Notable among these early bishops is Wilfrid. These early bishops of York acted as diocesan rather than archdiocesan prelates until the time of Ecgbert of York,who received the pallium from Pope Gregory III in 735 and established metropolitan rights in the north. Until the Danish invasion the archbishops of Canterbury occasionally exercised authority, and it was not until the Norman Conquest that the archbishops of York asserted their complete independence.
At the time of the Norman invasion York had jurisdiction over Worcester, Lichfield, and Lincoln, as well as the dioceses in the Northern Isles and Scotland. But the first three sees just mentioned were taken from York in 1072. In 1154 the suffragan sees of the Isle of Man and Orkney were transferred to the Norwegian archbishop of Nidaros (today's Trondheim), and in 1188 all the Scottish dioceses except Whithorn were released from subjection to York, so that only the dioceses of Whithorn, Durham, and Carlisle remained to the archbishops as suffragan sees. Of these, Durham was practically independent, for the palatine bishops of that see were little short of sovereigns in their own jurisdiction. Sodor and Man were returned to York during the 14th century, to compensate for the loss of Whithorn to the Scottish Church.
Several of the archbishops of York held the ministerial office of Lord Chancellor of England and played some parts in affairs of state. As Peter Heylyn (1600–1662) wrote: "This see has yielded to the Church eight saints, to the Church of Rome three cardinals, to the realm of England twelve Lord Chancellors and two Lord Treasurers, and to the north of England two Lord Presidents." The bishopric's role was also complicated by continued conflict over primacy with the see of Canterbury.
At the time of the English Reformation, York possessed three suffragan sees, Durham, Carlisle and Sodor and Man, to which during the brief space of Queen Mary I's reign (1553–1558) may be added the Diocese of Chester, founded by Henry VIII, but subsequently recognised by the Pope.
Until the mid 1530s (and from 1553-1558) the bishops and archbishops were in communion with the pope in Rome. This is no longer the case, as the archbishop of York, together with the rest of the Church of England, is a member of the Anglican Communion.
Walter de Grey purchased York Place as his London residence, which after the fall of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, was renamed the Palace of Whitehall.
The archbishop of York is the metropolitan bishop of the Province of York and is the junior of the two archbishops of the Church of England after the archbishop of Canterbury.The See is currently occupied by Stephen Cottrell since 9 July 2020.
The Province of York includes 10 Anglican dioceses in Northern England: Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds, and York, as well as 2 other dioceses: Southwell and Nottingham in the Midlands and Sodor and Man covering the Isle of Man.
|Bishops of York|
|625||633||Paulinus||Formerly a monk at St. Andrew's Monastery in Rome; translated to Rochester; canonised.|
|664||669||Chad||Resigned the see of York; later became Bishop of Mercia and Lindsey; canonised.|
|664||678||Wilfrid (I)||Ejected from York; later became Bishop of Selsey canonised.|
|706||714||John of Beverley||Translated from Hexham; resigned the see; canonised in 1037.|
|714||732||Wilfrid (II)||Resigned the see; canonised.|
|c. 732||735||Ecgbert||York elevated to Archbishopric in 735.|
|Pre-Conquest Archbishops of York|
|735||766||Ecgbert||York elevated to Archbishopric in 735.|
|c. 767||c. 780||Æthelbert||Also known as Æthelbeorht, Adalberht, Ælberht, Aelberht, Aldbert or Æthelbert.|
|c. 780||796||Eanbald (I)|
|796||c. 808||Eanbald (II)|
|c. 808||c. 834||Wulfsige|
|854||c. 896||Wulfhere||Fled the Danes in 872, returned in 873.|
|900||c. 916||Æthelbald||Sometimes known as Æthelbeald, Athelbald, or Ethelbald.|
|c. 916||931||Hrotheweard||Sometimes known as Lodeward.|
|c. 958||971||Oscytel||Also known as Oscytel. Translated from Dorchester.|
|971||Edwald||Also known as Edwaldus or Ethelwold.|
|971||992||Oswald||Held both the sees of York and Worcester; canonised.|
|995||1002||Ealdwulf||Held both the sees of York and Worcester.|
|1002||1023||Wulfstan (II)||Also known as Lupus. Also held the see of Worcester (1002–1016).|
|1023||1051||Ælfric Puttoc||Also held the see of Worcester (1040–1041).|
|1051||1060||Cynesige||Also known as Kynsige.|
|1061||1069||Ealdred||Also known as Aldred. Held the see of Worcester 1046–1061, of Hereford 1056–1060, and of York 1061–1069.|
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|Archbishops of York (Conquest to Reformation)|
|1070||1100||Thomas of Bayeux||Also known as Thomas (I).|
|1100||1108||Gerard||Translated from Hereford.|
|1119||1140||Thurstan||He was elected in 1114, but was not consecrated until 1119.|
|1140||Waltheof of Melrose||Nominated Archbishop, but was quashed by King Stephen; later became Abbot of Melrose.|
|1140||Abbot of Fécamp Abbey. Nominated Archbishop, but was quashed by Pope Innocent II.|
|1143||1147||William (FitzHerbert)||Deposed by Pope Eugene III; canonised in 1226.|
|1147||Hilary of Chichester||Deposed by Pope Eugene III, elected Bishop of Chichester.|
|1147||1153||Henry Murdac||Formerly Abbot of Fountains Abbey.|
|1153||1154||William (FitzHerbert) (again)||Restored by Pope Anastasius IV; canonised in 1226.|
|1154||1181||Formerly Archdeacon of Canterbury.|
|1191||1212||Geoffrey (Plantagenet)||Formerly Bishop-elect of Lincoln; elected archbishop in 1189, but was only consecrated in 1191.|
|1215||Simon Langton||Elected Archbishop of York in June 1215, but was quashed on 20 August 1215 by Pope Innocent III on request from King John; later became Archdeacon of Canterbury.|
|1216||1255||Translated from Worcester.|
|1256||1258||Sewal de Bovil||Formerly Dean of York.|
|1258||1265||Godfrey Ludham||Also known as Godfrey Kineton. Formerly Dean of York.|
|1265||William Langton||Dean of York (1262–1279); elected archbishop in March 1265, but was quashed in November 1265.|
|1265||1266||Selected as archbishop in November 1265, but never consecrated and resigned the appointment in October 1266.|
|1266||1279||Walter Giffard||Translated from Bath and Wells.|
|1279||1285||William de Wickwane|
|1286||1296||John le Romeyn||Also known as John Romanus.|
|1298||1299||Henry of Newark||Formerly Dean of York.|
|1300||1304||Thomas of Corbridge|
|1306||1315||William Greenfield||Formerly Dean of Chichester|
|1342||1352||William Zouche||Also known as William de la Zouche.|
|1353||1373||Cardinal John of Thoresby||Translated from Worcester; created a Cardinal in 1361.|
|1374||1388||Alexander Neville||Translated to St Andrew's in 1388.|
|1388||1396||Translated from Ely; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1397||1398||Robert Waldby||Translated from Chichester.|
|1398||Bishop of Durham, elected but put aside by King Richard II.|
|1398||1405||Richard le Scrope||Translated from Lichfield.|
|1405||1406||Thomas Langley||Elected Archbishop in August 1405, but was quashed in May 1406.|
|1406||1407||Nominated Archbishop in May 1406 by Pope Innocent VII, but was vetoed by King Henry IV.|
|1407||1423||Henry Bowet||Translated from Bath and Wells.|
|1423||1424||Philip Morgan||Elected Archbishop in 1423, but was quashed in 1424.|
|1424||1425||Conferred as Archbishop by Pope Martin V, but was refused by King Henry V, and Fleming resigned the appointment in July 1425.|
|1426||1452||Translated from London; created a Cardinal in 1439; translated to Canterbury.|
|1452||1464||William Booth||Translated from Lichfield.|
|1465||1476||George Neville||Translated from Exeter.|
|1476||1480||Lawrence Booth||Translated from Durham.|
|1480||1500||Translated from Lincoln.|
|1501||1507||Thomas Savage||Translated from London.|
|1508||1514||Translated from Durham; created a Cardinal in 1511.|
|1514||1530||Translated from Lincoln in 1514; created a Cardinal in 1515; held with Bath and Wells 1518–23, Durham 1523–29 and Winchester 1529–30.|
|Post-Reformation archbishops of York|
|1531||1544||Translated from St David's.|
|1545||1554||Translated from Llandaff.|
|1555||1559||Translated from Worcester.|
|1561||1568||Translated from St David's.|
|1570||1576||Translated from London; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1577||1588||Translated from London.|
|1589||1594||Translated from Salisbury.|
|1595||1606||Translated from Durham.|
|1606||1628||Translated from Durham.|
|1628||Translated from Durham.|
|1629||1631||Translated from Norwich.|
|1632||1640||Translated from Winchester.|
|1641||1646||Translated from Lincoln. Deprived when the English episcopacy was abolished by Parliament. Died 1650.|
|1646||1660||The see was abolished during the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.|
|1660||1664||Translated from Lichfield.|
|1664||1683||Translated from Carlisle.|
|1683||1686||Translated from Rochester.|
|1688||1691||Translated from Exeter.|
|1691||1714||Formerly Dean of Canterbury.|
|1714||1724||Translated from Chester.|
|1724||1743||Translated from Exeter.|
|1743||1747||Translated from Bangor; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1747||1757||Translated from Bangor; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1757||1761||Translated from Salisbury.|
|1761||1776||Translated from Salisbury.|
|1776||1807||Translated from Chester.|
|1808||1847||Translated from Carlisle. Surname changed from Venables-Vernon to Venables-Vernon-Harcourt in 1831.|
|1847||1860||Translated from Hereford.|
|1860||1862||Translated from Durham; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1862||1890||Translated from Gloucester.|
|1891||Translated from Peterborough.|
|Translated from Lichfield.|
|1909||1928||Translated from Stepney; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1929||1942||Translated from Manchester; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|Translated from Winchester.|
|1956||1961||Translated from Durham; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1961||1974||Translated from Bradford; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|Translated from Liverpool.|
|Translated from Durham.|
|Translated from London.|
|Translated from Birmingham; retired 7 June 2020.|
|2020||present||Translated from Chelmsford; election confirmed 9 July 2020.|
From 1660 to 1900, all the Archbishops of York died in office (or were translated to Canterbury and died in that office).
William Maclagan was the first to voluntarily resign his office in 1908, two years before his death. All of his successors who were not translated to Canterbury have also resigned their office before death, and (like all Archbishops of Canterbury) have been offered a peerage upon resignation,except for John Sentamu in 2020 whose peerage was delayed until the second 2020 Political Honours list:
|Cosmo Gordon Lang||Baron Lang of Lambeth in 1942||Extinct in 1945||as Archbishop of Canterbury|
|Michael Ramsey||Baron Ramsey of Canterbury for life in 1974||Extinct in 1988|
|Donald Coggan||Baron Coggan for life in 1980||Extinct in 2000|
|Stuart Blanch||Baron Blanch for life in 1983||Extinct in 1994|
|John Habgood||Baron Habgood for life in 1995||Extinct in 2019|
|David Hope||Baron Hope of Thornes for life in 2005||Extant|
|John Sentamu||Title yet to be announced||Extant|
Among those who have served as assistant bishops of the diocese have been:
Thurstan or Turstin of Bayeux was a medieval Archbishop of York, the son of a priest. He served kings William II and Henry I of England before his election to the see of York in 1114. Once elected, his consecration was delayed for five years while he fought attempts by the Archbishop of Canterbury to assert primacy over York. Eventually, he was consecrated by the pope instead and allowed to return to England. While archbishop, he secured two new suffragan bishops for his province. When Henry I died, Thurstan supported Henry's nephew Stephen of Blois as king. Thurstan also defended the northern part of England from invasion by the Scots, taking a leading part in organising the English forces at the Battle of the Standard (1138). Shortly before his death, Thurstan resigned from his see and took the habit of a Cluniac monk.
Walter de Gray or Walter de Grey was an English prelate and statesman who was Archbishop of York from 1215 to 1255. He was Lord Chancellor under King John.
The Bishop of Norwich is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Norwich in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese covers most of the county of Norfolk and part of Suffolk. The Bishop of Norwich is Graham Usher.
The Bishop of London is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of London in the Province of Canterbury.
The Bishop of Bath and Wells heads the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells in the Province of Canterbury in England.
Alexander Neville was a late medieval prelate who served as Archbishop of York from 1374 to 1388.
Lawrence Booth served as Prince-Bishop of Durham and Lord Chancellor of England, before being appointed Archbishop of York.
The Bishop of Worcester is the head of the Church of England Diocese of Worcester in the Province of Canterbury, England.
The Bishop of Chichester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chichester in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese covers the counties of East and West Sussex. The see is based in the City of Chichester where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. On 3 May 2012 the appointment was announced of Martin Warner, Bishop of Whitby, as the next Bishop of Chichester. His enthronement took place on 25 November 2012 in Chichester Cathedral.
The Bishop of Rochester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Rochester in the Province of Canterbury.
The Bishop of Winchester is the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Winchester in the Church of England. The bishop's seat (cathedra) is at Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire. The Bishop of Winchester holds ex officio the office of Prelate of the Most Noble Order of the Garter since its foundation in 1348, and Bishops of Winchester often held the positions of Lord Treasurer and Lord Chancellor ex officio. During the Middle Ages, it was one of the wealthiest English sees, and its bishops have included a number of politically prominent Englishmen, notably the 9th century Saint Swithun and medieval magnates including William of Wykeham and Henry of Blois.
The Bishop of Salisbury is the ordinary of the Church of England's Diocese of Salisbury in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese covers much of the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. The see is in the City of Salisbury where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The current bishop is Nick Holtam, the 78th Bishop of Salisbury, who was consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral on 22 July 2011 and enthroned in Salisbury Cathedral on 15 October 2011.
The Bishop of Lincoln is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Lincoln in the Province of Canterbury.
The Bishop of Ely is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Ely in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese roughly covers the county of Cambridgeshire, together with a section of north-west Norfolk and has its episcopal see in the City of Ely, Cambridgeshire, where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity. The current bishop is Stephen Conway, who signs +Stephen Elien:. The diocesan bishops resided at the Bishop's Palace, Ely until 1941; they now reside in Bishop's House, the former cathedral deanery. Conway became Bishop of Ely in 2010, translated from the Diocese of Salisbury where he was Bishop suffragan of Ramsbury.
The Bishop of Gloucester is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Gloucester in the Province of Canterbury.
The Dean of York is the member of the clergy who is responsible for the running of the York Minster cathedral. As well as being the head of the cathedral church of the diocese and the metropolitical church of the province, the Dean of York holds preeminence as the Vicar of the Northern Province.
James Blakedon O.P., D.Th. was a medieval prelate who served as Bishop of Achonry from 1442 to 1453, then Bishop of Bangor from 1453 to 1464.
James Bowstead (1801–1843) was an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of England as the Bishop of Sodor and Man (1838–1840) and Bishop of Lichfield (1840–1843).
Sir John Hotham, 9th Baronet, DD (1734–1795) was an English baronet and Anglican clergyman. He served in the Church of Ireland as the Bishop of Ossory from 1779 to 1782 and Bishop of Clogher from 1782 to 1795.
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