Alphege of Wells

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For other uses, see Ælfheah.
Alphege of Wells
Diocese Diocese of Wells
Appointed 926
Term ended c. 937
Predecessor Wulfhelm
Successor Wulfhelm II
Consecration 926
Personal details
Died circa 937
Denomination Catholic

Alphege (or Ælfheah) was the third Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Wells. He was consecrated in January 926, and died around 937.[1][2]

At the start of the reign of King Æthelstan in 924, Alphege was a member of his household, one of his mass priests, who were probably responsible for looking after his relics. Early in Æthelstan's reign, Alphege witnessed his manumission of a slave called Ealdred, and he also attested a charter on the day of Æthelstan's coronation, 4 September 925. He was appointed Bishop of Wells in succession to Wulfhelm, who had been translated to the Archbishopric of Canterbury.[3]


  1. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 222
  2. ^ Foot Æthelstan p. 97
  3. ^ Foot Æthelstan pp. 65, 69, 97


  • Foot, Sarah (2011). Æthelstan: The First King of England. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-12535-1. 
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Wells
926–c. 937
Succeeded by
Wulfhelm II