The Bishop of Bradford is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Leeds, in the Province of York, England. The title takes its name after Bradford, a city in West Yorkshire.

Upon the creation of the Diocese of Leeds[1] on 20 April 2014, the diocesan see was dissolved and its diocese's territory added to the new diocese, within which there is a newly created suffragan see for the Area Bishop of Bradford.[2] On 26 August 2014, it was announced that Toby Howarth was to become the first area bishop of Bradford; he was consecrated on 17 October 2014.[3]

List of bishops

Bishops of Bradford
April 2014 1 December 2014 Tom Butler (Acting) Acting bishop between diocese's erection and Howarth taking up the post.[4]
17 October 2014 present Toby Howarth [3]


  1. ^ The Church of England – Synod approves new Diocese of Leeds for West Yorkshire and The Dales
  2. ^ The Dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield Reorganisation Scheme 2013 p. 5 (Accessed 4 February 2014)
  3. ^ a b "New Bishops announced for West Yorkshire and Dales" (Press release). Diocese of Leeds. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ The Transformation Programme – Archbishop appoints interim area bishops Archived 10 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 20 October 2019)
  5. ^ Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (Third ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 230. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  6. ^ "Historical successions: Bradford". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 6 January 2012.