The Bishop of Whitby is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of York, in the Province of York, England.[1] The title takes its name after the town of Whitby in North Yorkshire; the See was erected under the Suffragans Nomination Act 1888 by Order in Council dated 30 July 1923.[2] The Bishop of Whitby oversees the Archdeaconry of Cleveland. On 3 July 2014 Paul Ferguson was consecrated as Bishop of Whitby.[3]

The Bishop of Whitby formerly had episcopal oversight of traditionalist parishes in the whole Diocese of York. Bates agreed not to ordain women and Ladds and Warner were both opponents of the ordination of women; however with the appointment of Ferguson, a supporter of women's ordination, oversight has been passed to Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley (as PEV.)

List of bishops

Bishops of Whitby
From Until Incumbent Notes
1923 1939 Henry Woollcombe (1869–1941). Translated to Selby.
1939 1947 Harold Hubbard (1883–1953). Retired.
1947 1954 Walter Baddeley (1894–1960). Translated to Blackburn.
1954 1961 Philip Wheeldon (1913–1992). Translated to Kimberley and Kuruman.
1961 1972 George Snow (1907–1991). Retired.
1972 1975 John Yates (1925–2008). Translated to Gloucester.
1976 1983 Clifford Barker (1926-2017). Translated to Selby
1983 1999 Gordon Bates (b. 1934). Retired.
1999 2008 Robert Ladds SSC (b. 1941). Retired.
2010 2012 Martin Warner SSC (b. 1958). Translated to Chichester in 2012.
October 2012 December 2012 Philip North, bishop-designate Later became Bishop of Burnley (2015–present) and Bishop-nominate of Sheffield (2017).
3 July 2014 present Paul Ferguson Previously Archdeacon of Cleveland.[3]


  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ "No. 32849". The London Gazette. 31 July 1923. p. 5211.
  3. ^ a b Diocese of York – New Bishops of Selby and Whitby (Accessed 2 May 2014)
  4. ^ "Bishops of Whitby". Archived from the original on 21 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2012.