Nicholas Stratford

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Nicholas Stratford
Bishop of Chester
Bp Nicholas Stratford.jpg
In office1689–1707 (death)
PredecessorThomas Cartwright
SuccessorSir William Dawes
Other postsDean of St Asaph (1674–1689)
Personal details
Bornbaptized (1633-09-08)8 September 1633
Hemel Hempstead
Died12 February 1707(1707-02-12) (aged 73)
BuriedChester Cathedral
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford
The coat of arms attributed to Nicholas Stratford:
Gules, a fess humette between two trestles, argent[1]

Nicholas Stratford (1633 – 12 February 1707) was an Anglican prelate. He served as Bishop of Chester from 1689 to 1707.

He was born at Hemel Hempstead,[2] graduated M.A. at Trinity College, Oxford in 1656, and was Fellow there in 1657.[3] He contributed to the royalist poetry anthology Britannia Rediviva in 1660, writing in Latin.[4] He became Dean of St Asaph in 1673.[5]

He was one of the founders of the Blue Coat School in Chester.[6][7] It closed in 1949,[8] and its premises are now part of the University of Chester and local government buildings. He promoted good relations with the Chester nonconformist Matthew Henry, and supported the Society for the Reformation of Manners.[9][10]

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Humphrey Lloyd
Dean of St Asaph
Succeeded by
George Bright
Preceded by
Thomas Cartwright
Bishop of Chester
Succeeded by
Sir William Dawes