When the Diocese of Wakefield was formed in 1888, All Saints Church received cathedral status becoming Wakefield Cathedral. This momentous change also saw the formation of the Bishop of Wakefield office.
There have been a total of 12 Bishops of Wakefield over the years, listed below with the years they were in office:
William Walsham How 1888-1897
Rodney Eden 1897-1928
James Seaton 1928-1938
Campbell Hone 1938-1945
Henry McGowan 1946-1949
Roger Wilson 1949-1958
John Ramsbotham 1958-1968
Eric Treacy 1968-1977
Colin James 1977-1985
David Hope 1985-1991
Nigel McCulloch 1992-2003
Stephen Platten 2003-2014
The office was permanently dissolved with the dissolution of the Diocese of Wakefield and formation of the Diocese of Leeds in 2014.
The first Bishop William Walsham How served for nine years until his death in 1897. After his death a petition was created for the building of a memorial for him at the cathedral. This memorial was consecrated in 1905 and can still be seen today.
The enthronement of a new bishop was (and remains) an important ecclesiastical event, and WYAS hold numerous Orders of Service documents relating to the individual enthronement’s of the Bishops of Wakefield.
WYAS hold another collection of records for the Bishops of Wakefield (collection reference: WDP233) which is also available at the Wakefield Archive.