Jane Hedges

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Jane Hedges
Dean of Norwich
Ecumenical Service St John's Cathedral Norwich (44854676435) (Jane Hedges cropped).jpg
Hedges in 2018
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Norwich
In office2014–present
Other postsCanon Steward, Westminster Abbey (2006–2014)
Archdeacon of Westminster (2006–2009 & 2010–2014)
Sub-Dean of Westminster (2013–2014)
Ordination1987 (deacon)
1994 (priest)
Personal details
Born (1956-04-06) 6 April 1956 (age 64)
SpouseChris Hedges
Alma materDurham University

Jane Barbara Hedges (born 6 April 1956)[1] is an Anglican priest currently serving as Dean of Norwich.[2]


Hedges trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, Durham in 1978. She had previously completed a General Arts degree at Durham University.[3] As the laws of the Church of England changed to allow women’s ministry, Hedges’ career progressed: she was ordained deacon in 1987 and priest in 1994.[4]


She was curate of Holy Trinity with St Columba, Fareham 1980–1983, and a team vicar in Southampton 1983–1988.

In 1988, she became Stewardship Adviser in the Diocese of Portsmouth then in 1993, she became Canon Residentiary of Portsmouth Cathedral.

From 2001 she served in the team ministry of Honiton, in the Diocese of Exeter, becoming rural Dean.[5]

In 2006, she moved to London, as Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey and Archdeacon of Westminster. In 2013, she became Sub-Dean of the Abbey. Hedges was installed as Dean of Norwich at a service on 21 June 2014.[6] She is the 39th Dean of Norwich and the first female Dean in Norwich Cathedral’s 900 year history.[7]


Hedges is married to Chris Hedges (b. 1959) a teacher, and they have two sons.


  1. ^ "Hedges, Jane Barbara". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2019 (1 December 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 27 January 2019. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  2. ^ "First female Dean of Norwich appointed". Diocese of Norwich.
  3. ^ "XXIV (ns) including supplement". Durham University Gazette. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  4. ^ Knights, Emma. "New Dean of Norwich says Norfolk already feels like home". Eastern Daily Press.
  5. ^ "Jane Hedges to be Dean of Norwich". Thinking Anglican.
  6. ^ Norwich Cathedral – Dean Jane Hedges installed Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine (Accessed 1 July 2014)
  7. ^ Stanford, Peter (12 July 2014). "Will Jane Hedges be the C of E's first woman bishop?". Telegraph.