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Ripon Minster continued as a collegiate church, as established by the 1604 charter of James I, until the nineteenth century, when the first new diocese to be established in England in the post-Reformation period was formed, with Ripon as its cathedral. The Dean and Chapter was reconstituted as for a cathedral, and Charles Longley was consecrated in 1836 as the first bishop of the new diocese. It has often been noted that Ripon’s inauguration of what was to be a long period of diocesan formation in the Church of England, in response to population growth and massive shifts in patterns of settlement, meant that the minster church finally became the cathedral it had virtually been for centuries. It is now one of three cathedrals, along with Wakefield and Bradford, in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, formed in 2014.