John of Greenford

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John of Greenford
Bishop of Chichester
See Diocese of Chichester
Elected April 1173
Term ended 26 April 1180
Predecessor Hilary of Chichester
Successor Seffrid II
Other posts Dean of Chichester
Consecration 6 Ocrober 1174
Personal details
Died 26 April 1180
Denomination Catholic

John of Greenford was a medieval Bishop of Chichester.


Some historians say John's ancestry is unknown,[1] but others give it as the son of a canon, or priest. Although Greenford is a location in Middlesex, no contemporary record gives him the name, and it not known when the surname was first attached to John.[2] He was a prebend of London, and Dean of Chichester,[3] holding the office of dean for over 20 years.[2] He was elected to the see of Chichester in late April 1173, and consecrated on 6 October 1174.[4] As he was a son of a priest, he obtained a papal dispensation in the summer of 1174.[5] He died 26 April 1180.[4] Besides his profession of obedience to the archbishop of Canterbury, another 13 documents of John's survive.[6]


  1. ^ Warren Henry II p. 535
  2. ^ a b Mayr-Harting "Introduction" Acta pp. 5-6
  3. ^ British History Online Deans of Chichester
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
  5. ^ British History Online Bishops of Chichester
  6. ^ Mayr-Harting "Introduction" Acta p. 32


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Hilary of Chichester
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Seffrid II