Dean of Christ Church

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Christ Church Cathedral

The Dean of Christ Church is the dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and head of the governing body of Christ Church, a constituent college of the University of Oxford. The cathedral is the mother church of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford and seat of the Bishop of Oxford. The chapter of canons of the cathedral has formed the governing body of the college since its foundation, with the dean as ex officio head of the chapter and ipso facto head of the college. Since 4 October 2014, the dean has been Martyn Percy.[1]

List of deans[edit]

From the diocese's foundation in 1542 until 1545, the cathedral was at Osney. There, the dean was John London (until 1543), and then Cox, who was reappointed dean at Christ Church.

Name Portrait From Until
Richard Cox Bp Richard Cox.jpg 1546 1553
Richard Marshall Fond blanc.svg 1553 1559
George Carew Fond blanc.svg 1559 1561
Thomas Sampson Fond blanc.svg 1561 1565
Thomas Godwin Bp Thomas Godwin.jpg 1565 1567
Thomas Cooper Fond blanc.svg 1567 1571
John Piers Abp John Piers.jpg 1571 1576
Tobias Matthew Tobie (or Tobias) Matthew from NPG.jpg 1577 1583
William James Bp William James.jpg 1584 1596
Thomas Ravis Thomas Ravis portrait.jpg 1596 1605
John King John King by Nicholas Lockey.jpg 1605 1611
William Goodwin Fond blanc.svg 1611 1620
Richard Corbet Portrait of Richard Corbet Bishop of Norwich by Sylvester Harding.jpg 1620 1628
Brian Duppa BrianDuppa.jpg 1628 1638
Samuel Fell Samuel Fell, Christ Church.jpg 1638 1648
Edward Reynolds Edward Reynolds crop.jpg 1648 1651
John Owen John Owen by John Greenhill.jpg 1651 1660
Edward Reynolds Edward Reynolds crop.jpg March–July 1660
George Morley GeorgeMorley.jpg July–October 1660
John Fell
(in commendam as Bishop of Oxford from 1676)
John Fell by Peter Lely.jpg 1660 1686
John Massey Fond blanc.svg 1686 1688
Henry Aldrich Henry Aldrich after Kneller.jpg 1689 1710
Francis Atterbury Francis Atterbury by Godfrey Kneller.jpg 1711 1713
George Smalridge
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol from 1714)
George Smalridge.jpg 1713 1719
Hugh Boulter
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol)
Bp Hugh Boulter.jpg 1719 1724
William Bradshaw
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol)
William Bradshaw by Enoch Seeman.jpg 1724 1732
John Conybeare
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol from 1750)
Bp John Conybeare.jpg 1733 1755
David Gregory Fond blanc.svg 1756 1767
William Markham
(in commendam as Bishop of Chester from 1771)
William Markham by Benjamin West.jpg 1767 1777
Lewis Bagot
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol from 1782)
Bp Lewis Bagot by John Hoppner.jpg 1777 1783
Cyril Jackson Cyril Jackson (1746-1819), by Studio of William Owen.jpg 1783 1809
Charles Henry Hall Charles Henry Hall, Christ Church.jpg 1809 1824
Samuel Smith Samuel Smith, Christ Church.jpg 1824 1831
Thomas Gaisford Thomas Gaisford, Christ Church.jpg 1831 1855
Henry Liddell Henry George Liddell.jpg 1855 1891
Francis Paget Francis Paget.jpg 1892 1901
Thomas Strong[2] Bp Thomas Banks Strong.jpg 1901 1920
Julian White H Julian White,Christ Church.jpg 1920 1934
Alwyn Williams Fond blanc.svg 1934 1939
John Lowe Fond blanc.svg 1939 1959
Cuthbert Simpson Fond blanc.svg 1959 1969
Henry Chadwick Fond blanc.svg 1969 1979
Eric Heaton Fond blanc.svg 1979 1991
John Drury Fond blanc.svg 1991 2003
Christopher Lewis[3] Fond blanc.svg 2003 2014[4]
Martyn Percy[1] The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy.jpg 2014 Incumbent