John Pritchett

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John Pritchett[1] (died 1 January, 1681) was an English churchman, bishop of Gloucester from 1672.


He was the son of Walter Pritchett of Cowley Hall.[2][3] He studied at the University of Oxford from 1622, graduating M.A. in 1629. He was collated to the joint rectory of St Andrew Undershaft-St Mary Axe in 1641, but was sequestrated during the First English Civil War.[4] Under the Commonwealth he had a living at Harlington, Middlesex, but was replaced in 1658.[5] He also held the curacy of the church at Harefield, Middlesex, but was removed from that position in favour of a Mr. Hoare.[6]

After the Restoration, he returned to his position at St Andrew Undershaft.[7] He was appointed vicar of St Giles Cripplegate in 1663,[4] successor to John Dolben. He avoided the Great Plague of London in 1665 by moving to the country.[7]

He was appointed bishop of Gloucester in 1672, but continued as vicar of St Giles Cripplegate. In his diocese he opposed the dissenter Nicholas Billingsley.[8]

He died on his estate at Harefield on January 1, 1681, and was buried under the pulpit of Harefield Church. He left to St Giles Cripplegate a communion flagon that still belongs to the church.[9]


  1. ^ Also Pritchet, Prichet, Prichard.
  2. ^ A History of the County of Middlesex, Victoria County History, pp. 69–75 of volume 4, notes 19. 
  3. ^ Daniel Lysons, An historical account of those parishes in the county of Middlesex, which are not described in the Environs of London (1800), p. 118.
  4. ^ a b William Miller, Before the Fire of London (1867), p. 82.
  5. ^ A History of the County of Middlesex, Victoria County History, pp. 270–3 of volume 3. 
  6. ^ A History of the County of Middlesex, Victoria County History, pp. 252–6 of volume 3. 
  7. ^ a b William Denton, Records of St. Giles' Cripplegate (1883), p. 68.
  8. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, article on Billingsley.
  9. ^
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Nicholson
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Robert Frampton