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. ^ Bolton, Diane K.; King, H.P.F.; Wyld, Gillian; Yaxley, D.C. (1971), "Hillingdon, including Uxbridge: Manors and other estates", in Baker, T.F.T.; Cockburn editor3-first=R.B., J.S.; Pugh, A History of the County of Middlesex, Volume 4, Harmondsworth, Hayes, Norwood With Southall, Hillingdon With Uxbridge, Ickenham, Northolt, Perivale, Ruislip, Edgware, Harrow With Pinner, London: Victoria County History, pp. 69–75, 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. ^ Reynolds, Susan, ed. (1962), "Harlington: Churches", A History of the County of Middlesex, Volume 3, Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington, London: Victoria County History, pp. 270–273 
  6. ^ Reynolds 1962, "Harefield: Church", pp. 252-256.
  7. ^ a b William Denton, Records of St. Giles' Cripplegate (1883), p. 68.
  8. ^  Grosart, Alexander Balloch (1886). "Billingsley, Nicholas". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 36–27. 
  9. ^ "History of St Giles'". Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Nicholson
Bishop of Gloucester
Succeeded by
Robert Frampton