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Dean of the Arches

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The Dean of the Arches is the judge who presides in the provincial ecclesiastical court of the Archbishop of Canterbury.[1] This court is called the Arches Court of Canterbury. It hears appeals from consistory courts and bishop's disciplinary tribunals in the province of Canterbury.

The Dean of the Arches is appointed jointly by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York with the approval of Her Majesty signified by warrant under the sign manual.[2] The same person presides in the Chancery Court of York where he or she has the title of Auditor and hears appeals from consistory courts and bishop's disciplinary tribunals in the province of York. The Dean of Arches is also Official Principal of the Archbishop of Canterbury and of the Archbishop of York acts as Master of the Faculties.

The current Dean of Arches is the Right Worshipful Morag Ellis, QC, who succeeded the Right Worshipful Charles George on 2nd June 2020.[3]

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List of Deans of the Arches

Years Dean
2020– Morag Ellis, QC
2009–2020 Charles George, QC
2001–2009 Sheila Cameron, QC
1980–2000 Sir John Owen, QC
1977–1980 Rev'd Kenneth Elphinstone, QC
1972–1976 Sir Harold Kent, GCB QC
1971–1972 Walter Wigglesworth, QC
1955–1971 Rt Hon Sir Henry Willink, Bt MC QC
1934–1955 Sir Philip Wilbraham-Baker, KBE
1903–1934 Sir Lewis Dibdin, KC
1898–1903 Sir Arthur Charles
1875–1898 Lord Penzance
1867–1875 Sir Robert Phillimore
1858–1867 Stephen Lushington[4]
1852–1858 Sir John Dodson[4]
1834–1852 Herbert Jenner-Fust
1809–1834 Rt Hon Sir John Nicholl
1788–1809 Sir William Wynne
1778–1788 Peter Calvert
1764–1778 Sir George Hay
1758–1764 Sir Edward Simpson
1751–1758 Sir George Lee
1710–1751 John Bettesworth[5]
1703–1710 Sir John Cooke
1689–1703 George Oxendon
1686–1688 Sir Thomas Exton
1684–1686 Sir Richard Lloyd
1672–1684 Sir Robert Wiseman
1660–1672 Sir Giles Sweit
c.1660 Richard Zouch
c.1660 Walter Walker
c.1658– John Godolpin
c.1647–1655 William Clerke
c.1646 William Sammes
1633–1643 Sir John Lambe
1624–1633 Sir Henry Marten[6]
1618–1624 Sir William Bird
1598–1617 Daniel Donne
1597–1598 Thomas Byng
1590–1597 Richard Cosin
1573–1589/90 Bartholomew Clerke
1572– John Cooke
1567–1573 Thomas Yale
1560–?1567 Robert Weston (afterwards Lord Chancellor of Ireland, 1567)
1559–1560 William Mowse
1558–1559 Nicholas Harpisfield
1557–1558 Henry Cole
1556–1557 David Pole (afterwards Bishop of Peterborough, 1557}
1553– John Story (afterwards MP for East Grinstead, 1553 and Bramber, 1554)
1549– Griffin Leyson
1545– William Coke or Cooke (1st lay dean)[7][8]
1543–1545 John Cock (or Cockys)[9][7]
1532–1543 Richard Gwent (died 1543) (also Archdeacon of Brecon, 1534 and Archdeacon of London, 1534) and Archdeacon of Huntingdon, 1542)[7]
?–1532 Peter Ligham[10]
1520–1522 Thomas Wodynton
c.1511 [?]Richard Bodewell or Blodwell
1504–1515 Humphrey Hawardyn[7]
1474– John Morton (cardinal), afterwards Bishop of Ely, 1478 and Archbishop of Canterbury, 1486 [11]
c.1460–1472 William Wytham[12] (also Dean of Wells, 1469–1472)
1452– Robert Dobbs[7]
1444– William Byconnyl[7]
1434–1440 John Lyndfeld [13]
1426– William Lyndwood (also Archdeacon of Stow, 1434)
1423– Thomas Beckington (also Archdeacon of Buckingham, 1424–1443 and afterwards Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1443}[7]
1419– John Stafford afterwards Archdeacon of Salisbury, 1419)
1415– Henry Ware[7]
1407– Richard Brinkley[7]
1381– Thomas de Baketon, Appointed by Archbishop Courteney (Baketon/Bakton/Bacton/Bactone and variants) Likely a member of the Mynyot/Minot family that included Thomas Minot, Archbishop of Dublin who died in London 1375 (research ongoing)[7]
1376– John Barner[7]
1364– Thomas Young[7]
1360– William de Wittersley[7]
1350– John de Carleton[7]
c.1346 Simon Islip (afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, 1349)
1322–?1323 John de Stratford[7] (afterwards Bishop of Winchester, 1323)
1308– John de Ross[7] (?afterwards Bishop of Carlisle, 1325)
1297– William de Sardinia[7]
1273– William de Middelton[7]
... John de Ufford


  1. ^ Details of that court's responsibilities: Ecclesiastical court#Church of England.
  2. ^ Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1963, section 3(2)(a)
  3. ^ "Dean of the Arches and Auditor of the Chancery Court of York". Archbishop of Canterbury. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ a b ODNB
  5. ^ YourArchives page Archived 2011-12-07 at the UK Government Web Archive.
  6. ^ The Dictionary of National Biography in its first edition had Hugh Barker Dean c.1632 s:Barker, Hugh (DNB00); but this was retracted in the 1904 Errata.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Newcourt, Richard. Repertorium Ecclesiasticum Parochiale Londinense: Comprising all London and . p. 434. Google Books
  8. ^ Senior, William (1927). "The Judges of the High Court of Admiralty". The Mariner's Mirror. 13 (4): 336. doi:10.1080/00253359.1927.10655437.
  9. ^ The parliamentary history of the principality of Wales, from the earliesr times to the present day, 1541-1895
  10. ^ "The 1552 Reform of English Church Discipline" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  11. ^ Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, Register of John Carpenter, bishop of Worcester, 2 vols, II, fol.53. This source is open to question, however, as the text simply describes Morton as rector of St Dunstan-in-the-East in the deanery of the arches; it does not actually call him the dean. There are no other known references to Morton as dean.
  12. ^ Cocks, Terence. "The Archdeacons of Leicester 1092–1992" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  13. ^ Susan Cavanaugh, A Study of Books Privately Owned in England 1300–1450 (University of Pennsylvania, 1980), Ph.D. Dissertation, p. 517.

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