York, Archbishop of

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York, Archbishop of Second-highest office of the Church of England. The Acts of the Council of Arles (314) mention a Bishop of York, but the early Christian community in York was destroyed by Saxon invaders. The uninterrupted history of the present see began with the consecration of Wilfrid as Bishop of York in 664. In 735, York was raised to the dignity of an archbishopric, when Egbert was given the title Primate of the Northern Province. The Archbishop is now Primate of England (the Archbishop of Canterbury is Primate of all England).