History of Hereford Cathedral

On 29 Dec 1079 Robert the Lotharingian -1095 was consecrated Bishop of Hereford by Lanfranc Archbishop of Canterbury 1005-1089 (74) at Canterbury Cathedral.

In 1130 Robert de Bethune Bishop of Hereford -1148 was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

On 22 Dec 1163 Robert Melun Bishop of Hereford 1100-1167 (63) was consecrated Bishop of Hereford by Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury 1119-1170 (44) at Canterbury Cathedral.

In Mar 1173 Robert Foliot Bishop of Hereford -1186 was elected Bishop of Hereford.

In 1186 William de Vere Bishop of Hereford -1198 was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

In 1200 Giles Braose Bishop of Hereford -1215 was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

On 14 Jun 1275 Thomas Cantilupe Bishop of Hereford 1218-1282 (57) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

On 08 Sep 1275 Thomas Cantilupe Bishop of Hereford 1218-1282 (57) was consecrated Bishop of Hereford.

In 1294 John Swinfield Precentor 1294-1311 was appointed Precentor Hereford.

In 1327 Thomas Charleton Bishop of Hereford -1344 was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

On 17 Mar 1360 William de Courtenay Archbishop Canterbury 1342-1396 (18) was consecrated Bishop of Hereford.

On 26 Jul 1375 Richard Pembridge 1320-1375 (55) died. Hereford Cathedral. Alabaster altar-tomb and effigy, altar-tomb with moulded base and capping, sides and ends panelled with alternate quatrefoils enclosing shields of his arms and trefoil-headed panels; effigy in bascinet, camail, jupon with same arms as shields, hip-belt, garter on left leg, right leg modern, head on helm crested with a bush of feathers, feet on hound.

In 1448 Richard Beauchamp Bishop of Hereford, Bishop of Salisbury 1421-1481 (27) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

On 22 Jun 1492 Edmund Tuchet Bishop of Rochester, Bishop of Hereford, Bishop of Salisbury 1443-1524 (49) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

In 1504 Richard Mayew Bishop of Hereford 1440-1516 (64) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

In 1559 John Scory Bishop of Rochester, Chichester, Hereford 1510-1585 (49) was elected Bishop of Hereford.

In 1634 Matthew Wren Bishop 1585-1667 (48) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

In Jul 1636 George Coke 1570-1646 (65) was translated Bishop of Hereford.

In 1661 Herbert Croft Bishop of Hereford 1603-1691 (58) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

On 06 Jan 1661 Nicholas Monck Bishop of Hereford 1610-1661 (51) was consecrated Bishop of Hereford.

John Evelyn's Diary 1676 February. 20th February 1676. Dr. Gunning (62), Bishop of Ely, preached before the King (45) from St. John xx. 21, 22, 23, chiefly against an anonymous book, called "Naked Truth," a famous and popular treatise against the corruption in the Clergy, but not sound as to its quotations, supposed to have been the Bishop of Hereford's and was answered by Dr. Turner, it endeavoring to prove an equality of order of Bishop and Presbyter.

In 1713 Philip Bisse Bishop of Hereford 1667-1721 (46) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

In 1723 Henry Egerton Bishop of Hereford 1689-1746 (33) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

In 1787 John Harley Bishop of Hereford 1728-1788 (58) was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

1819. James Lonsdale Painter 1777-1839 (41). Portrait of Charles Howard 11th Duke Norfolk 1746-1815 looking over the Wye Bridge and Hereford Cathedral.

On 20 May 1832 Edward Grey Bishop of Hereford 1782-1837 (49) was consecrated as Bishop of Hereford.

In Jan 1895 John Percival Bishop 1834-1918 (60) was nominated Bishop of Hereford by Archibald Philip Primrose 5th Earl Rosebery 1847-1929 (47).

James Beauclerk Bishop of Hereford 1709-1787 was appointed Bishop of Hereford.

Peter Acquablanca Bishop of Hereford -1268 was elected Bishop of Hereford.

Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral

Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral. On 26 Jun 1095 Robert the Lotharingian -1095 died. He was buried between the Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral and the Choir.

Council of Reims

Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral left to right ...
In 1198 William de Vere Bishop of Hereford -1198 died. He was buried in the Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral.
On 09 May 1186 Robert Foliot Bishop of Hereford -1186 died. He was buried in the Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral.
On 16 Apr 1148 Robert de Bethune Bishop of Hereford -1148 died in Reims just after the closure of the Council of Reims. He was buried in the Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral.
On 27 Feb 1167 Robert Melun Bishop of Hereford 1100-1167 died. He was buried in the Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral.

Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral. In 1516 Richard Mayew Bishop of Hereford 1440-1516 (76) died. He was buried between the Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral and the Choir.

Choir Aisle, Hereford Cathedral.

South-East Transept, Hereford Cathedral

South-East Transept, Hereford Cathedral. On 16 Oct 1514 Richard de la Bere -1514 died. Brass. Figures of man in plate armour with head on helm, and of two wives in pedimental head-dresses with long girdles, groups of four daughters and one son of first wife and ten sons and six daughters of second wife, names of two daughters, three shields-of-arms.

On 10 Dec 1646 George Coke 1570-1646 (76) died. He was buried in Church of St Mary Magdalene, Eardisley. A cenotaph was erected in his memory in the South-East Transept, Hereford Cathedral. Effigy in Rochet, chimere, ruff and skull-cap, head on tasselled cushion, base and canopy modern.

List of Bishops of Hereford Cathedral

List of Bishops of Hereford Cathedral.

North-East Transept, Hereford Cathedral

In 1311 John Swinfield Precentor 1294-1311 (17) died. Monument in North-East Transept, Hereford Cathedral. Note the 'Swines' or pigs being a rebus on his surname. Effigy on plain altar-tomb in recess; effigy vested in cassock and surplice, drapery very carefully rendered, Doctor's cap on head; recess with moulded two-centred arch, enriched with ball-flower and swine, some with the arms of the Deanery on their bodies, moulded label with head-stops; remains of painted figure-subject on back of recess, formerly showing kneeling figure of doctor before the Virgin, with attendant figure, early 14th-century.

Lady Chapel, Hereford Cathedral

On 10 Aug 1358 Piers Grandison 2nd Baron Grandison -1358 died at Ashperton, Ledbury. Lady Chapel, Hereford Cathedral. Mid 14th-century, altar-tomb with effigy and canopy , altar-tomb with range of cinquefoil-headed panels in front and panelled buttresses at ends carried up to the cornice of the canopy, effigy in mixed mail and plate-armour with camail and ridged bascinet, hauberk with scalloped lower edge, cyclas, enriched Hip Belt with dagger hanging in front and sword at side, head on cushions and feet on hound; recess with panelled back, moulded jambs and square head enriched with Paterae and trefoiled and sub-cusped pendant tracery below the head; vaulted soffit to canopy; canopy with range of six bays of open arcading with trefoiled and sub-cusped heads, crockets and finials, in arcading two headless figures of the Coronation of the Virgin, headless figure with book, archbishop with cross-staff, St. John the Baptist holding a roundel with the Agnus Dei, and a bishop, last four figures brought from elsewhere; canopy finished with enriched cornice and pierced parapet with quatrefoils and cusped cresting.

Lady Chapel, Hereford Cathedral. Monument to Joanna Plunket de Kilpec Countess Hereford, wife of Henry de Bohun, [1327], altar-tomb with effigy in wallrecess, plain altar-tomb with moulded top-edge enriched with Paterae and heads alternately, at head recumbent canopy with ogee cinque-foiled arch, crockets and finial; effigy of woman in wimple and veiled head-dress, tight sleeves and loose gown, head on cushion and feet on dog; all set in a 13th-century recess with moulded and segmental-pointed arch and label with head-stops and apex turned up to mitre with string-course of chapel; remains of black and red colour on effigy and arch, traces of painted figure and arch on back of recess and remains of decoration in spandrels of arch, including a diaper of fleur-de-lis and rosettes and two shields-of-arms (a) Plunkenet and (b) formerly Bohun but now obliterated. . .

North Transept, Hereford Cathedral

On 27 Nov 1268 Peter Acquablanca Bishop of Hereford -1268 died. North Transept, Hereford Cathedral. Low altar-tomb with moulded capping and plinth, and effigy in surplice, defaced head on cushion, feet on lion, remains of recumbent trefoiled canopy with crockets and trefoiled spandrels, drapery carefully rendered.

North Transept, Hereford Cathedral. On 25 Aug 1282 Thomas Cantilupe Bishop of Hereford 1218-1282 (64) died in Ferento, Orvieto. Monument in form of a shrine-pedestal and consisting of an altar-tomb and open superstructure (Plate 134), altar-tomb possibly slightly earlier than the rest, tapering on plan and re-assembled, long sides with six bays and W. end with two bays of cinque-foiled arcading on attached shafts with foliated capitals and moulded bases, spandrels carved with varying naturalistic foliage; each bay filled with figure of knight (Plate 136) with long surcoat, heater-shaped shield and feet on lions and other beasts, faces all defaced; on slab, indent of brass figure of bishop with mitre and crozier and canopy; small brass figure of St. Ethelbert now in library; superstructure with six bays on long sides and two at W. end of open trefoiled arcading resting on shafts with moulded capitals and bases, spandrels carved with naturalistic foliage and winged beasts, moulded cornice at top and plain top slab; E. end of tomb, plain and not intended to be seen, with part of carved spandrel set in it.

North Transept, Hereford Cathedral. Richard Delamere died 1435, and Isabel his wife, died 1421, figure of man in plate armour, feet on lion, figure of lady in horned head-dress and SS collar, two dogs at feet, double canopy with cinque-foiled and sub-cusped arches and crocketted ogee gables and upper cornice, parts of standards and pinnacles missing, foot inscription and three shields-of-arms (a) Delamere, (b) the same impaling Acton.

On 24 Dec 1894 James Atlay Bishop of Hereford 1817-1894 died. North Transept, Hereford Cathedral. Sculpted by James Forsyth Sculptor 1827-1910 (67).

Choir, Hereford Cathedral

Choir, Hereford Cathedral. On 03 Dec 1918 John Percival Bishop 1834-1918 (84) died. Monument sculpted by Allan Gairdner Wyon Sculptor 1882-1962 (36).

Choir, Hereford Cathedral.