ARCHDEACONS OF LONDON
Called 'urbis Londoniae archidiaconus' by Osbern (Memorials of St. Dunstan, ed. W.
Stubbs (Rolls ser. lxiii) p. 155), and 'Lundoniae civitatis archidiaconus' by Eadmer
(ibid. p. 241). Became monk at Christ Church, Canterbury, [1070 × 89] (Osbern, ibid.
p. 155 f.; Eadmer, ibid. pp. 241 ff.). (fn. 6) D. before 1096 (Eadmer, ibid. p. 244). (fn. 7)
[Reinger Preb. Nesden
Always called archdcn., but never with territ. title. First occ. 3 June 1102 (Gibbs no.
178), and c. 1102 (Acta SS., Oct., 111 754). Last occ. 1114/15 (Hale pp. 127-8).
Presum. archdcn. of London, because: (1) has precedence of other archdcns. in each
of eight occs. with them (for the order of precedence at St. Paul's, see references cited
below p. 22 nn. 5, 7), and (2) occ. presiding over a chapter, prob. of archdcnry. of
London, n.d. (WD 4 fos. 21/25v-22/26v, pd. in Rep. p. 62a, discussed by Newcourt 1
William de Belmeis I (of Beaumais)
(fn. 1) Preb[s. ?unident.,] Reculversland
Prob. appd. before Jan. 1127 by his father, Richard de Belmeis I, bp. of London
(1108-27). First occ. 1132/3 (WD 4 fo. 53/57r-v, pd. in Rep. p. 67b), but may occ.
earlier, before Apr. 1138 (Gibbs no. 218), (fn. 2) and [1115 × c. 1138] (WD 4 fo. 29/33r-v,
pd. in Rep. p. 64a). (fn. 3) Last occ. after Sept. 1152 (Cart. Clerkenwell no. 162). Often occ.
without territ. title or surname, but occ. with territ. title 1150/1 (B.M. Harley MS. 6956
fo. 84v, from missing Liber F fo. 35), and said by John of Salisbury to be of Belmeis
family (Historia Pontificalis, ed. M. M. Chibnall (1956) p. 46). Brother of Walter de
Belmeis, preb. of Newington, who was son of Richard de Belmeis I, bp. of London
(1108-27) (see below, pp. 65-6). Possibly commem. 5 June (Obit, I fo. 12v:
'Obitus Willelmi Episcopi de Belemeins', which is difficult to identify with any
other person; perhaps for 'Episcopi' we should read 'filii Episcopi', or even 'Archidiaconi').
Hugh de Mareni Prebs. unident., Totenhall
First occ., as Hugh the archdcn., before c. 1154 (A/39/1367), (fn. 4) and also c. 1154
(J.S. Epp. 1 no. 113). (fn. 5) Last certain occ., called Hugh 'de Mateni', as archdcn. of
London, 13 March 1157 (cart. of Holy Trinity, Aldgate: Glasgow, Univ. Libr.,
Hunterian MS. U. 2. 6. fos. 171v-172r), but may occ. later, called Hugh de Marin' the
archdcn., [1155×59] (Reg. Antiq. Linc. 11 no. 322). Became dean before May 1162,
perhaps before Aug. 1158.
(fn. 6) Preb. Oxgate
First certain occ. before 4 May 1162 (A/28/273, cal. in Rep. pp. 31b-32a), (fn. 7) and also
[1160×4 May 1162] (Gibbs no. 192). (fn. 8) But possibly occ. before Aug. 1158 (Materials
for Becket 111 26, discussed by Brooke, G.F. p. 271). (fn. 9) Last occ. c. 29 Sept. 1189 (Great
Roll of the Pipe for 1 Ric. I, ed. J. Hunter (Record Comm., 1844) p. 11). Commem.
3 Nov. (Obit. I fo. 15r). Son of Nicholas Crocemannus, preb. of Oxgate (see below
M. Peter de Waltham
(fn. 10) Preb. Ealdstreet
Not appd. before c. Jan. 1190, when still clk. or can. (several charters of Richard
Fitz Neal, bp. of London, including, e.g., Gibbs nos. 73, 157, and Hist. MSS. Comm.,
Rep. Var. Coll. VII 28 bis). First occ. before Dec. 1192 (Cart. Colec. 1 88; Cart. Colne
no. 104; Hist. MSS. Comm., Rep. Var. Coll. VII 29). (fn. 11) Occ. c. 1192 (D.S.R. I). Last
occ. between March 1194 and March 1195, possibly [Jan. × March] 1195 (B.M., Add.
Ch. 28336). (fn. 1) Called only Peter the archdcn. and Peter archdcn. of London in nearly all
occs. in office, and has been identified with Peter of Blois (Newcourt 1 58, and cf.
H. G. Richardson, E.H.R. lvii (1942) 130-3; but Robinson, Somerset Historical Essays
pp. 133-4, and Gibbs p. 97 n. 2, do not accept this identification). But occ. once with
full name and title (Oxford, New College, Reg. Secundum fo. 7v) and as son of
John de Waltham (cf. Brooke, in Camb. Hist. Jnl. xii (1956) 188, citing 'Miracula
B.V.M.': Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College, MS. 95 bk. iii c. 17).
M. Alard de Burnham
(fn. 2) Prebs. Caddington Major, Totenhall [, ?Holbourn]
Not appd. before 21 Apr. 1196, after which date still occ. as can. (A/30/440, cal. in
Rep. p. 33a). (fn. 3) First occ. before 30 Dec. 1196 (Westminster, D & C., Muniment bk. XI
'Domesday' fo. 341v, pd. by Richardson, William of Ely pp. 79-80, date discussed by
H. G. Richardson, E.H.R. lvii (1942) 132; cf. Gibbs no. 103; cf. also A/25/643, cal. in
Rep. p. 27b (fn. 4) ). Last occ. 1199/1200 (Oxford, Bodl. Libr., MS. Rawlinson B. 461 fos.
59r-60r, from lost cart. of Lesnes). Became dean between June 1199 and May 1201.
Not given surname in occs. as archdcn. of London, but identity with dean certain
(Obit. III fo. 96r, on day of dean Alard's commem., 8 Sept., mentions rent from
houses 'Alardi quondam archidiaconi Lond.').
M. Peter of Blois Preb. Hoxton
First occ. c. Jan. 1202 (letter in an Erfurt MS., cited by R. W. Southern, E.H.R.
liii (1938) 415), and perhaps earlier, c. 1201 (letter cited ibid. p. 413), and [c. June 1200
× c. June 1202] (Gerald of Wales, De Invectionibus, ed. W. S. Davies, Y Cymmrodor
xxx (1920) 101) (all these occs. are discussed by Greenway, Succession pp. 91-2). D. as
archdcn. before 20 May 1212 (Rot. Litt. Claus. 1 117b), perhaps between Jan. and
March 1212 (A/26/10, cal. in Rep. p. 30a). (fn. 5)
(fn. 6) Preb. Hoxton
First certain occ. c. 19 Apr. 1213 (Innocent III, Cal. Letters no. 918), but perhaps
occ. 14 June [?1212] (Mon. Ang. VI(2) 625). (fn. 7) Last occ.  (Acta Stephani Langton,
ed. K. Major (Canterbury and York Soc. 1) no. 9).
M. Gilbert de Plesseto Preb. Harleston
First occ. [Dec. 1213 × Apr. 1214] (charter roll of Holy Trinity, Aldgate: B.M.,
Cotton Roll xiii. 18 no. 10). (fn. 8) Last certain occ. 1215/16 (A/39/1369), but may occ. later,
[1214 × Sept. 1216] (Gibbs no. 145).
M. William de Sancte Marie Ecclesia I Preb. Harleston
First certain occ. 1217/18 (A/29/331), and 1 Feb. 1218 (A/39/1385), but may occ.
earlier, [c. 1216 × 1219] (Gibbs no. 194). (fn. 1) Last certain occ. 1 March 1223 (A/29/344),
and Dec. 1222 × Dec. 1223 (Rot. H. de Welles, ed. W. P. W. Phillimore (Canterbury and York Soc. i) II 9). Perhaps res. and occ. as can. [May 1225 X June 1229]
(A/30/406), (fn. 2) but possibly this may be William de Sancte Marie Ecclesia III, preb. of
Caddington Minor. Occ. with full name and title several times (e.g. Gibbs nos. 81,
M. Geoffrey de Lucy Prebs. Islington, Totenhall
Presum. not appd. until after 13 May 1225, when still called can. (cart. of Hospitallers: B.M., Cotton MS. Nero E. vi so. 169r). First occ. as archdcn. 1225/6 (reg.
J. Stokesley: Guildhall Libr., MS. 9531/11 fo. 152v). Became dean between Nov. 1229
and June 1231.
M. William de Rising
(fn. 3) Prebs. unident., Rugmere
Previously precentor. Occ. with full name and title after Nov. 1229 (Westminster,
D. & C., Muniment bk. XI, 'Domesday' fos, 99v. 476v). (fn. 4) Also occ. as W. or William,
archdcn. of London, after Nov. 1229 (A/29/366), (fn. 5) 5 March 1234 (Hale p. 14), and
between Oct. 1233 and Oct. 1234 (B.M., Harley MS. 6956 fo. 96v, from missing Liber
F fo. 114). Commem. 9 July (Obits. II fo. 108v, IV pp. 68, 85), 8 July (Obit. III fo.
M. Peter de Neuport Preb. Hoxton
Previously precentor, in which office last occ. 2 Apr. 1234. First occ. as archdcn.
between June 1235 and June 1236 (reg. J. Stokesley: Guildhall Libr., MS. 9531/11
fo. 54v). Last occ. 1 June 1261 (A/29/367). Apparently occ. 1 Oct. 1261 (A/37/1123),
but prob. 2 Oct. 1260 intended (see above p. 7 n. 3). Became dean between June
1261 and Jan. 1262.
M. John de Chishull I Preb. Chamberlainwood
First occ. 15 Jan. 1263 (Cal. Liberate Rolls v (1961) 118), and perhaps before July
1262 (C.P.R. 1258-66 p. 239). (fn. 6) Last occ. 17 Aug. 1268 (C.P.R. 1266-72 p. 254).
Became dean by Oct. 1268. (fn. 7)
M. William Passemer Prebs. Consumpta, Twiford, Wilsden
Presum. not appd. until after 17 July 1271, when still called can. (A/39/1347-8).
First occ. as archdcn. c. 24 June 1272 (WD 19 fo. 16a). Last occ. Apr. 1275 (A/74/
1934). Prob. d. before Oct. 1276 (B.M., Harley MS. 6956 fo. 129v, from an original
deed formerly in St. Paul's pyx 'K'). (fn. 8)
M. Geoffrey de Mortuo Mari Preb. unident.
First occ. 25 June 1278 (WD 1 fo. 107b). Last occ. 8 Apr. 1280 (Reg. Epp. Peckham
I 115; cf. ibid. p. 96).
M. Richard de Swinfield Preb. Pancratius
Presum. not appd. until after 17 Apr. 1280, when coll. archdcn. of Salop (dioc.
Hereford) (Reg. T. de Cantilupo, ed. R. G. Griffiths and W. W. Capes (Canterbury and
York Soc. ii) p. 63). First occ. as archdcn. of London 28 Sept. 1281, when appd. to
rule schools of St. Paul's (Statutes pp. 188-9). Last occ. July 1282 (A/22/1615). Bp. of
Hereford, el. Dec. 1282, cons. March 1283.
M. Robert de Ros I Preb. unident.
First occ. 17 May 1285 (WD 19 fo. 4a), and [Oct. 1283 × Aug. 1285] (B.M., Harley
MS. 6956 fo. 146v, from an original deed formerly in St. Paul's pyx 'P'). (fn. 1) Last
occ. 1 June 1290 (A/19/424).
M. Richard de Gravesend II Preb. Chiswick
First occ. 28 Sept. 1294 (C.P.R. 1292-1301 p. 92). Last occ. 28 May 1299 (WD 16
fo. 171/174r). Became treas. before Sept. 1302, and had been succeeded as archdcn.
of London by 12 Apr. 1301 (Reg. Winchelsey 1 407).