John Pelham (bishop)

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John Thomas Pelham (21 June 1811 – 1 May 1894),[1] styled The Honourable from birth, was a British Anglican clergyman.

Background and education[edit]

He was the third son of Thomas Pelham, 2nd Earl of Chichester and his wife Lady Mary Henrietta Juliana Osborne, eldest daughter of Francis Godolphin Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds.[2] His older brothers were Henry Pelham, 3rd Earl of Chichester and Frederick Thomas Pelham, a rear-admiral in the Royal Navy.[3] Pelham was educated at Westminster School and went then to Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1832 and Master of Arts four years thereafter.[4] In 1857, he received a Doctor of Divinity by the University of Oxford.[4]


Pelham was ordained by Charles James Blomfield, at that time Bishop of London, in 1834 and assumed the post as deacon of Eastergate, befriending Henry Edward Manning.[1] In 1837, he was appointed rector at Bergh Apton until 1852, when he was transferred as curate to Christ Church, Hampstead.[1] After three years, he became rector of Marylebone and in 1857 on the resignation of Samuel Hinds, he was consecrated the 64th Bishop of Norwich.[1] From 1847, he served as chaplain to Queen Victoria.[2] Pelham retired as bishop in 1893[5] and spent the next year in Thorpe, Norfolk.[1]

Family and death[edit]

On 6 November 1845, Pelham married Henrietta Tatton, second daughter of Thomas William Tatton, and had by her four sons and a daughter.[6] His oldest child was the scholar Henry Francis Pelham.[6] He died in 1894 and already one year later a monument to his reminiscence was positioned in one of the transepts of Norwich Cathedral.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1895). "Pelham, John Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography 44. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 250. 
  2. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 432. 
  3. ^ "ThePeerage - Rt. Rev. Hon. John Thomas Pelham". Retrieved 7 December 2006. 
  4. ^ a b Walford, Edward (1860). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Robert Hardwicke. p. 475. 
  5. ^ Atherton (1996) p. 759
  6. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. p. 123. 
  7. ^ Atherton (1996) p. 468


  • Atherton, Ian (1996). Norwich Cathedral: Church, City, and Diocese, 1096-1996. London: The Hambledon Press. ISBN 1-85285-134-1. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Samuel Hinds
Bishop of Norwich
1857 – 1893
Succeeded by
John Sheepshanks