Ripon Episcopal Area

Ripon Area background

Key Towns/Cities
Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, Richmond and Wetherby, Skipton, Settle and Barnoldswick

Civic boundaries and population
The western side of the county of North Yorkshire and small area of Lancashire, approximately 1581 square miles – population 282,000

Famous for...
The Yorkshire Dales National Park, Fountains Abbey (World Heritage Site), RHS Gardens at Harlow Carr, the Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate Conference Centre, Catterick Garrison, Swaledale Sheep and Wensleydale Cheese

Benefices, parishes and clergy
141 Parishes and 100 licensed clergy

Recent developments
Plans well underway for welcoming the Tour De France in 2014; Masham/Middleham Anglican/Methodist Youth Project; Funkey Church in Richmond; Kairos Network Church in Harrogate (first BMO); Church in the Dale ecumenical partnership in Upper Nidderdale; Open air baptisms in the River Swale; the amazing youth and children’s work of the Lower Swale Benefice; Marrick Priory Youth Centre; Scargill House and Parcevall Hall

Why are we looking forward to our new Episcopal Area?
"The new Episcopal Area of Ripon comprises a mix of communities from the deeply rural to large villages, along with market and spa towns. It is an area of historical places and arguably one of the most scenic areas in the country, boasting castles, ancient abbeys and priories, and the ancient cathedral church of Ripon in one of England’s smallest cities. It is also a region with huge areas of outstanding natural beauty.

"People engage in a variety of livelihoods - agriculture sits alongside a range of outdoor activities and a thriving tourist industry with banking and light industry also play a big part. Internationally known food and beverage brands are complemented by an evolving arts scene.

"Embracing the existing Archdeaconry of Richmond, and the more rural parts of the present Archdeaconry of Craven, we are sure that the new episcopal area will form a distinctive unit. The sheer size of the new Episcopal Area will present exciting challenges to those working to develop fruitful relationships, communications and effective networks to embrace the mission of the church."

Rt Revd James Bell, former Bishop of Knaresborough