|The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Thomas Hayter|
|Lord Bishop of London|
|Other posts||Bishop of Norwich|
|Died||9 January 1762|
|Buried||All Saints Church, Fulham, London|
He was born in Chagdord, Devon, officially the son of George Hayter. It has often been claimed that Lancelot Blackburne was his father, but there is no conclusive evidence either way. Although he did not identify Hayter as his son, he did leave a sizable portion of his estate to Hayter. Hayter studied at Blundell's School, Tiverton, Balliol College, Oxford (BA 1724) and Emmanuel College, Cambridge (MA 1727).
He was ordained deacon and priest in 1727). He was appointed private chaplain to Archbishop Lancelot Blackburne of York, then made Prebendary of York (1728-1749), Prebendary of Southwell (1728-1749), Rector of Kirkby Overblow, Yorkshire (1729-1749), Sub-dean of York (1730-1749), Archdeacon of York (1730-1751), Rector of Etton, Yorkshire (1731), Chaplain to the King (1734-1749), Vicar of Kirkby-in-Cleveland, (1737-1749) and Prebendary of Westminster (1739-1749).
He was Bishop of Norwich from 1749 to 1761. In 1758, Hayter asked noted surgeon Benjamin Gooch to visit all the great hospitals in London with a view to building a general hospital for the County of Norfolk and the City of Norwich jointly. After Bishop Hayter's death in 1762, a friend and wealthy landowner, William Fellowes of Shotesham Park, stepped in 'to revive the plan' and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital was founded in 1771.
Hayter was buried in the churchyard of All Saints Church, Fulham, London on 16 January 1762.
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