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Dean of Christ Church

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Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

The Dean of Christ Church is the dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and head of the governing body of Christ Church, a constituent college of the University of Oxford. The cathedral is the mother church of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford and seat of the Bishop of Oxford. The chapter of canons of the cathedral has formed the governing body of the college since its foundation, with the dean as ex officio head of the chapter and ipso facto head of the college. Since 26 April 2022, the position has been vacant.[1]

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List of deans

From the diocese's foundation in 1542 until 1545, the cathedral was at Osney. There, the cathedral deans were:

The academic deans of Christ Church's predecessor Oxford colleges were:

Both the college and the see at Osney surrendered to the Crown on 20 May 1545. Christ Church, the double establishment of cathedral and college, was founded by letters patent on 4 November 1546.[2]

Name Portrait Term of office
Richard Cox
Bp Richard Cox.jpg
1546 1553
Richard Marshall
No image.svg
1553 1559
George Carew
No image.svg
1559 1561
Thomas Sampson
No image.svg
1561 1565
Thomas Godwin
Bp Thomas Godwin.jpg
1565 1567
Thomas Cooper
No image.svg
1567 1571
John Piers
Abp John Piers.jpg
1571 1576
Tobias Matthew
Tobie (or Tobias) Matthew from NPG.jpg
1577 1583
William James
Bp William James.jpg
1584 1596
Thomas Ravis
(in commendam as Bishop of Gloucester from 1604)
Thomas Ravis portrait.jpg
1596 1605
John King
John King by Nicholas Lockey.jpg
1605 1611
William Goodwin
No image.svg
1611 1620
Richard Corbet
Portrait of Richard Corbet Bishop of Norwich by Sylvester Harding.jpg
1620 1628
Brian Duppa
1628 1638
Samuel Fell
Samuel Fell, Christ Church.jpg
1638 1648
Edward Reynolds
Edward Reynolds crop.jpg
1648 1651
John Owen
John Owen by John Greenhill.jpg
1651 1660
Edward Reynolds
Edward Reynolds crop.jpg
March–July 1660
George Morley
July–October 1660
John Fell
(in commendam as Bishop of Oxford from 1676)
John Fell by Peter Lely.jpg
1660 1686[†]
John Massey
No image.svg
1686 1688
Henry Aldrich
Henry Aldrich after Kneller.jpg
1689 1710[†]
Francis Atterbury
Francis Atterbury by Godfrey Kneller.jpg
1711 1713
George Smalridge
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol from 1714)
George Smalridge.jpg
1713 1719[†]
Hugh Boulter
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol)
Bp Hugh Boulter.jpg
1719 1724
William Bradshaw
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol)
William Bradshaw by Enoch Seeman.jpg
1724 1732[†]
John Conybeare
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol from 1750)
Bp John Conybeare.jpg
1733 1755[†]
David Gregory
No image.svg
1756 1767[†]
William Markham
(in commendam as Bishop of Chester from 1771)
William Markham by Benjamin West.jpg
1767 1777
Lewis Bagot
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol from 1782)
Bp Lewis Bagot by John Hoppner.jpg
1777 1783
Cyril Jackson
Cyril Jackson (1746-1819), by Studio of William Owen.jpg
1783 1809
Charles Henry Hall
Charles Henry Hall, Christ Church.jpg
1809 1824
Samuel Smith
Samuel Smith, Christ Church.jpg
1824 1831
Thomas Gaisford
Thomas Gaisford, Christ Church.jpg
1831 1855[†]
Henry Liddell
1855 1891
Francis Paget
Francis Paget.jpg
1892 1901
Thomas Strong[3]
Bp Thomas Banks Strong.jpg
1901 1920
Henry Julian White
H Julian White,Christ Church.jpg
1920 1934
Alwyn Williams
No image.svg
1934 1939
John Lowe
No image.svg
1939 1959
Cuthbert Simpson
No image.svg
1959 1969
Henry Chadwick
No image.svg
1969 1979
Eric Heaton
No image.svg
1979 1991
John Drury
No image.svg
1991 2003
Christopher Lewis[4]
No image.svg
2003 2014[5]
Martyn Percy[6][7] 2014 2022

Died in office


  1. ^ "Dean of Oxford University college steps down after 'protracted disputes'". BBC News. 5 February 2022. Archived from the original on 5 February 2022. Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  2. ^ Horn, Joyce M. (ed.). "Oxford: Introduction". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857. Vol. 8. pp. 69–72. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  3. ^ "No. 27329". The London Gazette. 2 July 1901. p. 4399.
  4. ^ "Christ Church, Oxford – Dean, Cathedral Chapter and Staff". Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  5. ^ Oxford Mail – Dean of Christ Church preparing to retire and start new life in Suffolk (Accessed 7 May 2014)
  6. ^ Christ Church, Oxford – The Dean of Christ Church (Accessed 7 May 2014)
  7. ^ "Oxford college dean at centre of lengthy dispute to step down". Times Higher Education Supplement. 4 February 2022. Retrieved 28 April 2022.

Horn, Joyce M. (ed.). "Deans of Christ Church, Oxford". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857. Vol. 8. pp. 80–83. Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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