Archbishop of York
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").
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 30 November 2005
|Style||The Most Revd and Rt Hon|
|First holder||Paulinus of York|
|Established||Bishopric in 626 |
Archbishopric in 735
|Part of a series on|
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 incumbent, from 5 October 2005, is John Sentamu who signs as +Sentamu Ebor: (since both John and Sentamu are his forenames).
Six of the early bishops of York and one archbishop (William of York) were ultimately canonised by the Roman Catholic Church, and five more historically recent archbishops were later appointed as the more senior Archbishop of Canterbury.
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.
Saxon, Viking and Medieval times
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.
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. Since 5 October 2005, the incumbent is the Most Reverend John Sentamu who is also an ex officio member of the House of Lords.
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.
List of archbishops
|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 Selseycanonised.|
|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.|
|Footnote(s): and Source(s):|
Conquest to Reformation
|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.|
|1891||1908||Translated from Lichfield.|
|1909||1928||Translated from Stepney; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1929||1942||Translated from Manchester; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1942||1955||Cyril Garbett||Translated from Winchester.|
|1956||1961||Translated from Durham; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1961||1974||Translated from Bradford; afterwards translated to Canterbury.|
|1975||1983||Stuart Blanch||Translated from Liverpool.|
|1983||1995||Translated from Durham.|
|1995||2005||Translated from London.|
|2005||incumbent||Translated from Birmingham; retiring 7 June 2020.|
|2020||-||Translated from Chelmsford|
- Paulinus was appointed Archbishop of York by Pope Honorius I in 634, but the appointment was not effective since it occurred after Paulinus had fled from York and become Bishop of Rochester.
- Although Wilfrid established a monastic community in Selsey, there are no early sources that describe him as bishop of the South Saxons. Wilfrid is credited with being first bishop of the South Saxons, by William of Malmesbury and Florence of Worcester, also on some later Ecclesiastical lists, but he was still technically Bishop of York when in charge of Selsey Abbey. Therefore, as Sussex had been annexed by Wessex then Selsey probably would have been subject to the Diocese of the West Saxons, when Wilfrid was there.
- The second edition of the Handbook of British Chronology listed Æthelric to have been archbishop of York from 1041 to 1042, but in the third edition he is no longer listed to have been archbishop.
- Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.1173, with added "the wards upwards" for clarity, as per Debrett's blazon for Bishop of Gloucester
- Costambeys "Paulinus (St Paulinus) (d. 644)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, pp. 224, and 281–284.
- St. Paulinus, Archbishop of York. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
- Foot 2011 The Bishops of Selsey and the Creation of a Diocese for Sussex. pp. 90-101.
- Powicke & Fryde 1961, Handbook of British Chronology, 2nd Edition, p. 257.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, p. 224.
- "Historical successions: York". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- William de Langeton alias of Rotherfield Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
- John Cardinal Thoresby. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
- John Cardinal Kempe. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
- Christopher Cardinal Bainbridge. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
- Thomas Cardinal Wolsey. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, pp. 281–283.
- Greenway 1999, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300, volume 6, pp. 1–7.
- Jones 1963, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541, volume 6, pp. 3–5.
- Episcopacy. British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638–60. Retrieved on 30 July 2013.
- King, Peter (July 1968). "The Episcopate during the Civil Wars, 1642–1649". The English Historical Review. Oxford University Press. 83 (328): 523–537. doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxiii.cccxxviii.523. JSTOR 564164.
- The Archbishop of York Archived 3 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. The official website of Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. Retrieved on 21 November 2008.
- "Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu to retire". BBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
- "Bishop Stephen Cottrell to be the next Archbishop of York". The Church of England. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
- Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, pp. 283–284.
- Horn & Smith 1979, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, volume 4, pp. 1–5.
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
- Greenway, D. E. (1999). "Archbishops of York". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300. Volume 6: York. British History Online.
- Jones, B (1963). "Archbishops of York". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541. Volume 6: Northern Province (York, Carlise and Durham). British History Online.
- Foot, Sarah (2011). Foster, Paul; Moriarty, Rachel (eds.). The Bishops of Selsey and the creation of a Diocese in Sussex. Chichester - The Palace and its Bishops. Otter memorial Paper. 27. Chichester: University of Chichester. ISBN 978-1-907852-03-9.
- Horn, J. M.; Smith, D. M. (1979). "Archbishops of York". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 4: York Diocese. British History Online.
- Powicke, F. Maurice; Fryde, E. B., eds. (1961). Handbook of British Chronology (2nd ed.). London: Offices of the Royal Historical Society.