Dean of Westminster

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The Dean of Westminster is the head of the chapter at Westminster Abbey. Due to the Abbey's status as a Royal Peculiar, the dean answers directly to the British monarch (not to the Bishop of London as ordinary, nor to the Archbishop of Canterbury as metropolitan). Initially, the office was a successor to that of Abbot of Westminster, and was for the first 10 years cathedral dean for the Diocese of Westminster. The current dean is David Hoyle.

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List of deans

The Deanery at Westminster Abbey Herbert Railton The Deanery A Brief Account of Westminster Abbey 1894.jpg
The Deanery at Westminster Abbey
Neck badge of the Order of the Bath: the Dean of Westminster is Dean of the Order of the Bath ex officio Knight Commander of the Bath neck badge, awarded to Cecil Fane de Salis (1859-1948) in 1935.jpg
Neck badge of the Order of the Bath: the Dean of Westminster is Dean of the Order of the Bath ex officio
NamePortraitTerm of office
William Benson
(formerly last abbot of the Benedictine abbey)
No image.svg 15401549 [†]
Richard Cox Bp Richard Cox.jpg 15491553
Hugh Weston No image.svg 15531556
Vacancy (restored as Benedictine abbey)
John Feckenham, abbot
15561559
William Bill William Bill. Line engraving by R. Grave after G. P. Harding Wellcome V0000549 (crop).jpg 15601561 [†]
Gabriel Goodman Gabriel Goodman by GP Harding.jpg 15611601 [†]
Lancelot Andrewes Lancelot Andrewes Pembroke.jpg 16011605
Richard Neile
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester from 1608)
Richard Neile portrait.jpg 16051610
George Montaigne George Mountaigne DD.jpg 16101617
Robert Tounson No image.svg 16171620
John Williams
(in commendam as Bishop of Lincoln 1621–41,
as Archbishop of York from 1641)
Abp John Williams by Gilbert Jackson.jpg 16201644
Richard Steward
(not installed)
Richard Steward by Adriaen Hanneman.jpg 16441651 [†]
Vacancy (English Interregnum)16511660
John Earle John Earle from NPG.jpg 16601662
John Dolben
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester from 1666 [R 1] )
ArchbishopDolben.jpg 16621683
Thomas Sprat
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester from 1684 [R 1] )
Thomas Sprat by Michael Dahl.jpg 16831713 [†]
Francis Atterbury
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester [R 1] )
Francis Atterbury by Godfrey Kneller.jpg 17131723
Samuel Bradford
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester [R 1] )
Samuel Bradford.jpg 17231731 [†]
Joseph Wilcocks
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester [R 1] )
Joseph Wilcocks by GP Harding.jpg 17311756 [†]
Zachary Pearce
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester [R 1] )
Bp Zachary Pearce by Edward Penny.jpg 17561768
John Thomas
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester from 1774 [R 1] )
John Thomas, Bishop of Rochester, by Joshua Reynolds.jpg 17681793 [†]
Samuel Horsley
(in commendam as Bishop of Rochester [R 1] )
Samuel Horsley by Mrs Barou.jpg 17931802
William Vincent William Vincent by GP Harding after William Owen.jpg 18021815 [†]
John Ireland John Ireland.jpg 18161842 [†]
Thomas Turton Thomas Turton by HW Pickersgill.jpg 18421845
Samuel Wilberforce Samuel Wilberforce2.jpg March–October 1845
William Buckland William Buckland detail.png 18451856 [†]
Richard Chenevix Trench Drawing of Richard Chenevix Trench.jpg 18561864
Arthur Penrhyn Stanley Arthur Penrhyn Stanley by John Watkins.jpg 18641881 [†]
George Granville Bradley George Granville Bradley by SA Walker.jpg 18811902
Armitage Robinson No image.svg 1902 [1] 1911
Herbert Edward Ryle Dr HE Ryle NPG.jpg 19111925 [†]
William Foxley Norris William Foxley Norris by Ernest Moore.jpg 19251937 [†]
Paul de Labilliere No image.svg 19381946 [†]
Alan Don No image.svg 19461959
Eric Abbott No image.svg 19591974
Edward Carpenter No image.svg 19741985
Michael Mayne No image.svg 19861996
Wesley Carr No image.svg 19972006
John Hall Very Reverend Dr John Hall (18228068808) (cropped).jpg 2006 [2] 2019
David Hoyle No image.svg 2019Present

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 In 1666, John Dolben was additionally appointed Bishop of Rochester, retaining the Deanery of Westminster in commendam . His successor as Dean, Thomas Sprat, was additionally appointed to Rochester in 1684. From then until 1802, it was customary for the Bishop of Rochester to hold the Deanery of Westminster in commendam. These eight deans held both offices concurrently.

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References

  1. "No. 27486". The London Gazette . 21 October 1902. p. 6647.
  2. "No. 58165". The London Gazette . 28 November 2006. p. 16399.

Horn, Joyce M. (ed.). "Deans of Westminster". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857. Vol. 7. pp. 69–71. Retrieved 12 September 2019.