Dean of St Edmundsbury

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral

The Dean of St Edmundsbury is the head (primus inter pares – first among equals) and chair of the chapter of canons, the ruling body of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. The dean and chapter are based at the Cathedral Church of Saint James in Bury St Edmunds. Before 2000 the post was designated as a provost, which was then the equivalent of a dean at most English cathedrals. The cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and seat of the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich. The current dean is Joe Hawes.

List of deans[edit]


  1. ^ "Appointments". Church Times (#7189). 1 December 2000. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 31 December 2014 – via UK Press Online archives.
  2. ^ St Edmundsbury Cathedral – Members of staff
  3. ^ St Edmundsbury Cathedral — New Role for Dean Frances (Accessed 3 July 2017)
  4. ^ St Edmundsbury Cathedral — A New Dean (Accessed 15 March 2018)