Culture, Lords Spritual England, Bishop of Worcester

Bishop of Worcester is in Bishop. See Worcester Cathedral [Map].

Around 744 Bishop Mildred was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

Around 800 Bishop Denebeorht was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

In 957 Archbishop Dunstan (age 48) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 959. This year died King Edwy, on the calends of October; and Edgar (age 16) his brother took to the government of the West-Saxons, Mercians, and Northumbrians. He was then sixteen years old. It was in this year he sent after St. Dunstan (age 50), and gave him the bishopric of Worcester; and afterwards the bishopric of London. In his days it prosper'd well; and God him gave, that he dwelt in peace the while that he lived. Whate'er he did, whate'er he plan'd, he earn'd his thrift. He also rear'd God's glory wide, and God's law lov'd, with peace to man, above the kings that went before in man's remembrance. God so him sped, that kings and earls to all his claims submissive bow'd; and to his will without a blow he wielded all as pleased himself. Esteem'd he was both far and wide in distant lands; because he prized the name of God, and God's law traced, God's glory rear'd, both far and wide, on every side. Wisely he sought in council oft his people's good, before his God, before the world. One misdeed he did, too much however, that foreign tastes he loved too much; and heathen modes into this land he brought too fast; outlandish men hither enticed; and to this earth attracted crowds of vicious men. But God him grant, that his good deeds be weightier far than his misdeeds, to his soul's redemption on the judgment-day.

In 992 Archbishop Ealdwulf was elected Archbishop of York and Bishop of Worcester.

In 1033 Bishop Brihtheah was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

John of Worcester. 1033. Leofsy, bishop of the Hwiccas, a devout and humble man, died at the episcopal vill of Rempsey, on Tuesday, the fourteenth of the calends of September [19th August], and, as we may be allowed to hope, ascended to the heavenly realms: his body was buried with honour in the church of St. Mary [Map], at Worcester. Brihteag, abbot of Pershore, sister's son of Wulfstan, archbishop of York, was raised to the vacant see.

In 1038 Bishop Lyfing was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

John of Worcester. 1040. Harold (age 24), king of England, died at London, and was buried at Westminster. After his funeral, the nobles of almost the whole of England sent envoys to Hardicanute (age 22) at Bruges, where he was staying with his mother (age 55), and, thinking it was for the best, invited him to come to England and ascend the throne. Thereupon, he fitted out fifty ships, and embarking Danish troops, before midsummer sailed over to England, where he was received with universal joy, and shortly afterwards crowned; but during his government he did nothing worthy his royal power. For as soon as he began to reign, calling to mind the injuries which both he and his mother had suffered at the hands of his predecessor, and reputed brother, king Harold (age 24), he despatched to London, Ælfric, archbishop of York, and earl Godwin (age 39), with Stor, the master of his household, Edric, his steward, Thrond, captain of his guards, and other men of high rank, with orders to dig up the body of Harold (age 24) and throw it into a sewer; and when it was thrown there, he caused it to be dragged out and cast into the river Thames. Shortly afterwards, it was picked up by a fisherman, and being immediately brought to the Danes, was honourably buried by them in a cemetery they possessed at London.60 After this, he ordered that eight marks should be paid to every rower in his fleet, and twelve to each steersman, to be levied from the whole of England; a tax so burthensome, that scarcely any one would pay it, and he became thoroughly detested by those who at first were most anxious for his coming. Besides, he was greatly incensed against earl Godwin (age 39), and Living, bishop of Worcester, for the death of his brother Alfred, of which they were accused by Ælfric, archbishop of York, and some others. In consequence, he took the bishopric of Worcester from Living and gave it to Ælfric; but the following year, he ejected Ælfric and graciously restored Living, who had made his peace with him.

Note 60. The cemetery of St Clement-Danes, where the Northmen had a settlement on the bank of the Thames, outside the walls of London. The Saxon Chronicle is silent as to Harold's corpse being thrown into the Thames and fished up, but Henry of Huntingdon gives the same account as our author.

In 1041 Bishop Lyfing was restored to the see of Worcester.

In 1047 Archbishop Stigand was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

In 1062 Bishop Wulfstan (age 54) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

Flowers of History. 1073. Gregory, who is also called Hildebrand, held a synod, and anathematized those guilty of simony. Some priests who had taken wives he removed from their holy office, by a new example, and as it seemed to many an inconsiderate prejudice, in contradiction to the opinions of the ancient fathers. The blessed Wolstan (age 65), who had been unjustly deposed by archbishop Lanfranc (age 68), was restored to his diocese, in consequence of a miracle. After he had fixed his pastoral staff on the tomb of the blessed Edward, no one except himself could draw it out again.

Florence of Worcester Continuation. 1125. Simon, the queen's chancellor, and Sigefred, abbot of Glastonbury, both men of distinguished worth and piety, were chosen bishops while they were in Normandy; Simon being appointed to the see of Worcester, and Sigefred to the see of Chichester. Hugh, a man of great prudence, archdeacon successively to Samson and Theowulf, bishops of Worcester, died on the twelfth of the calends of April [21st March). After Easter [29th March], the bishops-elect, Simon and Sigefred, with the archbishops William (age 55) and Thurstan (age 55), and a cardinal of Rome named John, came to England,

Florence of Worcester Continuation. 1125. Simon, the bishop-elect of Worcester, went to Canterbury in company with Godfrey, bishop of Bath, and, having been ordained priest by the archbishop on Saturday in Whitsunweek [23rd May]1, was on the following day consecrated with great pomp bishop of the holy mother church of Worcester. John, archdeacon of Canterbury, receiving consecration as bishop of Rochester at the same time. Richard, bishop of Hereford, David of Bangor, Godfrey of Bath, and Sigefred of Chichester assisted at the consecration.

Note 1. A repetition of a former entry.

In 1163 Bishop Roger Fitzrobert was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 10 Aug 1180 Archbishop Baldwin Avigo (age 55) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 03 Apr 1216 Bishop Sylvester was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 03 Jul 1216 Bishop Sylvester was consecrated as Bishop of Worcester.

On 08 Sep 1216 Bishop Sylvester was enthroned as Bishop of Worcester.

Around 25 Aug 1218 Bishop William de Blois was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 07 Oct 1218 Bishop William de Blois was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

On 30 Aug 1236 Bishop Walter de Cantelupe (age 45) was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 03 May 1237 Bishop Walter de Cantelupe (age 46) was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

On 19 Sep 1266 Bishop Nicholas Ely was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

On 26 Sep 1266 Bishop Nicholas Ely was enthroned Bishop of Worcester at Worcester Cathedral [Map].

Around 20 May 1268 Godfrey Giffard Bishop of Worcester (age 33) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 13 Nov 1307 Archbishop Walter Reynolds was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 13 Oct 1308 Archbishop Walter Reynolds was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

In 1333 Bishop Simon Montagu was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 15 Jun 1395 Robert Tideman of Winchcombe Bishop was translated to Bishop of Worcester.

On 19 May 1401 Bishop Richard Boteville was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 09 Oct 1401 Bishop Richard Boteville was consecrated as Bishop of Worcester.

On 15 May 1434 Cardinal Thomas Bourchier (age 16) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 15 Jul 1476 Bishop John Alcock (age 46) was translated to Bishop of Worcester.

On 16 Oct 1486 Bishop Robert Morton (age 51) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 28 Jan 1487 Bishop Robert Morton (age 52) was consecrated Bishop of Worcester. He was the last Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation.

On 30 Aug 1497 Giovanni de Gigli was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 10 Sep 1497 Giovanni de Gigli was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

In 1535 Bishop Hugh Latimer (age 48) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

On 17 Aug 1539 Bishop John Bell was consecrated Bishop of Worcester by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (age 50).

In 1544 Bishop Richard Pate was appointed Bishop of Worcester having been appointed by the Pope in 1541.

In 1559 Archbishop Edwin Sandys (age 40) was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

1559 Consecration of new Bishops

In 1559 five new Bishops were consecrated including:

Archbishop Edwin Sandys (age 40) was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

Bishop William Barlow (age 61) was consecrated Bishop of Chichester.

Archbishop Edmund Grindal (age 40) was consecrated Bishop of London.

On 26 Jan 1571 Bishop Nicholas Bullingham (age 51) was translated to Bishop of Worcester.

On 10 Feb 1593 Bishop Richard Fletcher (age 48) was translated to Bishop of Worcester.

In 1660 Bishop George Morley (age 61) was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

On 23 May 1660 John Gauden Bishop was elected Bishop of Worcester.

On 30 Nov 1662 Bishop John Earle (age 61) was consecrated Bishop of Worcester.

Evelyn's Diary. 30 Nov 1662. St. Andrew's day. Invited by the Dean of Westminster (age 61) to his consecration dinner and ceremony, on his being made Bishop of Worcester. Dr. Bolton preached in the Abbey Church [Map]; then followed the consecration by the Bishops of London (age 64), Chichester (age 70), Winchester (age 64), Salisbury (age 70), etc. After this, was one of the most plentiful and magnificent dinners that in my life I ever saw; it cost near £600 as I was informed. Here were the judges, nobility, clergy, and gentlemen innumerable, this Bishop being universally beloved for his sweet and gentle disposition. He was author of those Characters which go under the name of Blount. He translated his late Majesty's (age 32) "Icon" into Latin, was Clerk of his Closet, Chaplain, Dean of Westminster (age 61), and yet a most humble, meek, and cheerful man, an excellent scholar, and rare preacher. I had the honor to be loved by him. He married me at Paris, during his Majesty's (age 32) and the Church's exile. When I took leave of him, he brought me to the cloisters in his episcopal habit. I then went to prayers at Whitehall [Map], where I passed that evening.

In 1671 Bishop Walter Blandford (age 55) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

In 1675 Bishop James Fleetwood (age 71) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

Evelyn's Diary. 24 Mar 1676. Dr. Brideoake (age 63), Bishop of Chichester, preached a mean discourse for a Bishop. I also heard Dr. Fleetwood (age 72), Bishop of Worcester, on Matt. xxvi. 38, of the sorrows of Christ, a deadly sorrow caused by our sins; he was no great preacher.

In 1689 Bishop Edward Stillingfleet (age 53) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

In 1717 Bishop John Hough (age 65) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

In 1743 Isaac Maddox Bishop (age 45) was translated to Bishop of Worcester.

In 1774 Bishop Brownlow North (age 32) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.

In 1808 Bishop Folliott Cornewall (age 53) was translated to Bishop of Worcester.

In 1831 James Lloyd 1st Baronet (age 68) was appointed Bishop of Worcester.