Thomas Godwin (bishop)

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Thomas Godwin (1517–1590) was an English bishop, who presided over the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Thomas Godwin was both born and died in Wokingham in Berkshire. From 1567 to 1584 he was Dean of Canterbury. He was appointed Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1584.[1] He was much in favour with Queen Elizabeth I as a preacher. He died on 19 November 1590 and is buried under the chancel of the parish church of All Saints' Church, Wokingham.[2] He was the father of Francis Godwin, Bishop of Llandaff and of Hereford.[3]


  1. ^ Cassan, Stephen Hyde (1829). Lives of the Bishops of Bath. pp. 480–490. 
  2. ^ "Thomas Godwin (1517-1590)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing. 
  3. ^ "Godwin, Thomas (1517–1590)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Nicholas Wotton
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Richard Rogers
Preceded by
Gilbert Berkeley
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
John Still