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Archbishop of York

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Archbishop of York
Coat of arms of the {{{name}}}
Arms of the Archbishop of York: Gules, two keys in saltire the wards upwards argent in chief a regal crown proper[1]
John Sentamu
since 30 November 2005
StyleThe Most Revd and Rt Hon
Ecclesiastical provinceYork
ResidenceBishopthorpe Palace
First incumbentPaulinus of York
EstablishedBishopric in 626
Archbishopric in 735
CathedralYork Minster

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 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 ultimately achieved the supreme Archbishopric of Canterbury.

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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,[a] 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.

English Reformation

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.[3] 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
From Until Incumbent Notes
625 633 Paulinus Formerly a monk at St. Andrew's Monastery in Rome; translated to Rochester; canonised.[4]
633 664 See vacant
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[b]canonised.
678 706 Bosa 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
From Until Incumbent Notes
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
837 854 Wigmund
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.
931 956 Wulfstan (I)
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):[c] and Source(s):[7][8]

Conquest to Reformation

Archbishops of York (Conquest to Reformation)
From Until Incumbent Notes
1070 1100 Thomas of Bayeux Also known as Thomas (I).
1100 1108 Gerard Translated from Hereford.
1109 1114 Thomas (II)
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.
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Henry de Sully
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
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Roger de Pont L'Évêque
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
Walter de Gray
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.[9]
1265 1266
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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
1317 1340
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William Melton
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.[10]
1374 1388 Alexander Neville Translated to St Andrew's in 1388.
1388 1396
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Thomas Arundel
Translated from Ely; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1397 1398 Robert Waldby Translated from Chichester.
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Walter Skirlaw
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
Robert Hallam
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
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Richard Fleming
Conferred as Archbishop by Pope Martin V, but was refused by King Henry V, and Fleming resigned the appointment in July 1425.
1426 1452
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Cardinal John Kemp
Translated from London; created a Cardinal in 1439;[11] 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
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Thomas Rotherham
Translated from Lincoln.
1501 1507 Thomas Savage Translated from London.
1508 1514
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Cardinal Christopher Bainbridge
Translated from Durham; created a Cardinal in 1511.[12]
1514 1530
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Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Translated from Lincoln in 1514; created a Cardinal in 1515;[13] held with Bath and Wells 1518–23, Durham 1523–29 and Winchester 1529–30.


Post-Reformation Archbishops of York
From Until Incumbent Notes
1531 1544
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Edward Lee
Translated from St David's.
1545 1554
Robert Holgate
Translated from Llandaff.
1555 1559
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Nicholas Heath
Translated from Worcester.
1561 1568
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Thomas Young
Translated from St David's.
1570 1576
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Edmund Grindal
Translated from London; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1577 1588
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Edwin Sandys
Translated from London.
1589 1594
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John Piers
Translated from Salisbury.
1595 1606
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Matthew Hutton
Translated from Durham.
1606 1628
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Tobias Matthew
Translated from Durham.
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George Montaigne
Translated from Durham.
1629 1631
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Samuel Harsnett
Translated from Norwich.
1632 1640
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Richard Neile
Translated from Winchester.
1641 1646
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John Williams
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.[17][18]
1660 1664
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Accepted Frewen
Translated from Lichfield.
1664 1683
Richard Sterne
Translated from Carlisle.
1683 1686
John Dolben
Translated from Rochester.
1688 1691
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Thomas Lamplugh
Translated from Exeter.
1691 1714
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John Sharp
Formerly Dean of Canterbury.
1714 1724
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Sir William Dawes, Bt.
Translated from Chester.
1724 1743
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Lancelot Blackburne
Translated from Exeter.
1743 1747
Thomas Herring
Translated from Bangor; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1747 1757
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Matthew Hutton
Translated from Bangor; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1757 1761
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John Gilbert
Translated from Salisbury.
1761 1776
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Robert Hay Drummond
Translated from Salisbury.
1776 1807
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William Markham
Translated from Chester.
1808 1847
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Edward Venables-Vernon
Translated from Carlisle. Surname changed from Venables-Vernon to Venables-Vernon-Harcourt in 1831.
1847 1860
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Thomas Musgrave
Translated from Hereford.
1860 1862
Charles Longley
Translated from Durham; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1862 1890
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William Thomson
Translated from Gloucester.
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William Connor Magee
Translated from Peterborough.
1891 1908
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William Maclagan
Translated from Lichfield.
1909 1928
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Cosmo Gordon Lang
Translated from Stepney; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1929 1942
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William Temple
Translated from Manchester; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1942 1955 Cyril Garbett Translated from Winchester.
1956 1961
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Michael Ramsey
Translated from Durham; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1961 1974
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Donald Coggan
Translated from Bradford; afterwards translated to Canterbury.
1975 1983 Stuart Blanch Translated from Liverpool.
1983 1995
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John Habgood
Translated from Durham.
1995 2005
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David Hope
Translated from London.
2005 incumbent
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John Sentamu[19]
Translated from Birmingham; retiring 7 June 2020.[20]


  1. ^ 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.[2]
  2. ^ 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.[5]
  3. ^ The second edition of the Handbook of British Chronology listed Æthelric to have been archbishop of York from 1041 to 1042,[6] but in the third edition he is no longer listed to have been archbishop.[7]

See also



  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.1173, with added "the wards upwards" for clarity, as per Debrett's blazon for Bishop of Gloucester
  2. ^ Costambeys "Paulinus (St Paulinus) (d. 644)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  3. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, pp. 224, and 281–284.
  4. ^ St. Paulinus, Archbishop of York. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
  5. ^ Foot 2011 The Bishops of Selsey and the Creation of a Diocese for Sussex. pp. 90-101.
  6. ^ Powicke & Fryde 1961, Handbook of British Chronology, 2nd Edition, p. 257.
  7. ^ a b Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, p. 224.
  8. ^ a b c "Historical successions: York". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  9. ^ William de Langeton alias of Rotherfield. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
  10. ^ John Cardinal Thoresby. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
  11. ^ John Cardinal Kempe. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
  12. ^ Christopher Cardinal Bainbridge. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
  13. ^ Thomas Cardinal Wolsey. The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Retrieved on 20 November 2008.
  14. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, pp. 281–283.
  15. ^ Greenway 1999, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300, volume 6, pp. 1–7.
  16. ^ Jones 1963, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541, volume 6, pp. 3–5.
  17. ^ Episcopacy. British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate 1638–60. Retrieved on 30 July 2013.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ The Archbishop of York. The official website of Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. Retrieved on 21 November 2008.
  20. ^ "Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu to retire". BBC News. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  21. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd Edition, pp. 283–284.
  22. ^ Horn & Smith 1979, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857, volume 4, pp. 1–5.


Further reading

  • Story, Joanna (August 2012). "Bede, Willibrord and the Letters of Pope Honorius I on the Genesis of the Archbishopric of York". English Historical Review. cxxvii (527): 783–818. doi:10.1093/ehr/ces142.

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