William Finch (bishop)

Last updated

William Finch was appointed Bishop of Taunton under the provisions of the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 in 1538, [1] a post he held to his death in 1559. [2] He had previously been Prior of Breamore [3] before his elevation to the Episcopate. He was additionally the incumbent at West Camel from 1536. [4]

The Bishop of Taunton is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells, in the Province of Canterbury, England. The title was first created under the Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 and takes its name after Taunton, the county town of Somerset.

Suffragan Bishops Act 1534

The Suffragan Bishops Act 1534 is an Act of the Parliament of England that authorised the appointment of suffragan bishops in England and Wales. The tradition of appointing suffragans named after a town in the diocese other than the town the diocesan bishop is named after can be dated from this act.

Prior Ecclesiastical title

Prior, derived from the Latin for "earlier, first", is an ecclesiastical title for a superior, usually lower in rank than an abbot or abbess. Its earlier generic usage referred to any monastic superior.


  1. Glanmor Williams, ‘Barlow , William (d. 1568)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 6 Dec 2008
  2. "Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603; Church of England; Great Britain- Church history" Lee,F.G: London : W.H. Allen, 1880
  3. Breamore Parish Council Web Site
  4. 'Parishes: West Camel', A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 3 (1974), pp. 71-81. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66489 Date accessed: 6 December 2008.

Related Research Articles

Malmesbury Abbey abbey

Malmesbury Abbey, at Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England, is a religious house dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It was one of the few English houses with a continuous history from the 7th century through to the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Beilby Porteus Bishop of Chester; Bishop of London

Beilby Porteus, successively Bishop of Chester and of London, was a Church of England reformer and a leading abolitionist in England. He was the first Anglican in a position of authority to seriously challenge the Church's position on slavery.

Richard Poore 13th-century Bishop of Chichester, Bishop of Durham, and Bishop of Salisbury

Richard Poore or Poor was a medieval English clergyman best known for his role in the establishment of modern Salisbury and its cathedral at their present location, away from the fortress at Old Sarum.

St Margarets, Westminster church in Westminster, London

The Church of St Margaret, Westminster Abbey, in the grounds of Westminster Abbey on Parliament Square, London, England, was, until 1972, the Anglican parish church of the House of Commons. It is dedicated to Margaret of Antioch, and forms part of a single World Heritage Site with the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.

Henry of Blois 12th-century Bishop of Winchester

Henry of Blois, often known as Henry of Winchester, was Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey from 1126, and Bishop of Winchester from 1129 to his death. He was a younger son of Stephen Henry, Count of Blois by Adela of Normandy, daughter of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. Thus, he was a younger brother of Stephen, King of England.

Arthur Blomfield English architect

Sir Arthur William Blomfield was an English architect. He became president of the Architectural Association in 1861; a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1867 and vice-president of the RIBA in 1886. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read Architecture.

Littlemore village and civil parish in Oxford City, England

Littlemore is a district and civil parish in Oxford, England. The civil parish includes part of Rose Hill. It is about 2 12 miles (4 km) southeast of the city centre of Oxford, between Rose Hill, Blackbird Leys, Cowley, and Sandford-on-Thames. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 5,646.

Bishop of Exeter Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

The Bishop of Exeter is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Exeter in the Province of Canterbury. The current incumbent, since 30 April 2014, is Robert Atwell. The incumbent signs his name as his Christian name or forename followed by Exon., abbreviated from the Latin Episcopus Exoniensis.

Breamore Village and civil parish in Hampshire, England

Breamore is a village and civil parish near Fordingbridge in Hampshire, England. The parish includes a notable Elizabethan country house, Breamore House, built with an E-shaped ground plan. The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary has an Anglo-Saxon rood.

Cuddesdon village in United Kingdom

Cuddesdon is a mainly rural village in South Oxfordshire centred 5.5 miles (9 km) ESE of Oxford. It has the largest Church of England clergy training centre, Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Breamore House

Breamore House is an Elizabethan manor house noted for its fine collection of paintings and furniture and situated in Breamore, just north of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England. Though it remains in private hands, it is open to visitors from April to October.

South Charford village in United Kingdom

South Charford is a hamlet in the New Forest district, in Hampshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Breamore on the west bank of the River Avon.

North Charford human settlement in United Kingdom

North Charford is a hamlet in the New Forest district, in Hampshire, England, near the Wiltshire border. Historically the name refers to a manor which is now in the civil parish of Breamore on the west bank of the River Avon.

The Bishop of Oxford is the diocesan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford in the Province of Canterbury; his seat is at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. The current bishop is Steven Croft, following the confirmation of his election to the See on 6 July 2016.

Brian Duppa British bishop

Brian Duppa was an English bishop, chaplain to the royal family, Royalist and adviser to Charles I of England.

Ralph Brideoake (1612/13–1678) was an English clergyman, who became Bishop of Chichester.

Alan Thomas Lawrence Wilson is a British Anglican bishop. Since October 2003, he has been the area Bishop of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford.

William Gordon Wheeler was an English prelate and the Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Leeds, England. Wheeler had served as the seventh Roman Catholic Bishop of Leeds, being succeeded by David Konstant. Before that, Wheeler served as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Middlesbrough and as Titular Bishop of Theudalis.

St Breock human settlement in United Kingdom

St Breock is a village and a civil parish in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The spelling St Breoke was also formerly in use.

Charles Hulse politician

Sir Charles Hulse, 4th Baronet was a British Member of Parliament.