James Goldwell

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James Goldwell
Bishop of Norwich
Appointed 17 July 1472
Term ended 15 February 1499
Predecessor Walter Hart
Successor Thomas Jane
Other posts Dean of Salisbury
Consecration 4 October 1472
Personal details
Died 15 February 1499
Denomination Roman Catholic

James Goldwell (died 15 February 1499) was a medieval Dean of Salisbury and Bishop of Norwich.


Goldwell was one of the sons of William and Avice Goldwell, both of whom died in 1485. He had a brother, Nicholas Goldwell, who survived him.[1] He was nominated on 17 July 1472 and was consecrated on 4 October 1472. He died on 15 February 1499.[2]


Goldwell was educated at All Souls' College, Oxford where he graduated B.Can.L. 1449 and D.C.L 1452.

He was appointed:

  • President of St George’s Hall in the Castle, Oxford 1452
  • Rector of St John the Evangelist, London 1455
  • Rector of Rivenhall, Essex 1455
  • Prebendary of Widland in St Paul’s Cathedral 1457
  • Prebendary of Sneating in St Paul’s Cathedral 1458
  • Prebendary of Islington in St Paul’s Cathedral 1459 - 1461
  • Registrar of the Order of the Garter 1460
  • Rector of Cliffe-at-Hoo, Kent
  • Archdeacon of Essex, 1461
  • Canon of Hereford Cathedral 1461
  • Prebenary of Stratford in Salisbury Cathedral 1462
  • Dean of Salisbury 1463
  • Principal Secretary of State to King Edward IV
  • Master of the Rolls 1471
  • Papal Protonotary
  • Bishop of Norwich 1472, consecrated at St Blaise, Rome

Goldwell was appointed to the sixth stall in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in 1460 and held this until 1472.[3]


  1. ^ Hayes 2004.
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 262
  3. ^ Fasti Wyndesorienses, May 1950. S.L. Ollard. Published by the Dean and Canons of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Walter Hart
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Thomas Jane