William Bradshaw (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
William Bradshaw
Bishop of Bristol
William Bradshaw by Enoch Seeman.jpg
William Bradshaw by Enoch Seeman
Diocese Diocese of Bristol
In office 1724–1732
Predecessor Hugh Boulter
Successor Charles Cecil
Personal details
Born (1671-04-10)10 April 1671
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Died 16 December 1732(1732-12-16) (aged 61)
Bath, Somerset
Buried Bristol Cathedral
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater New College, Oxford

William Bradshaw (10 April 1671 – 16 December 1732) was a Welsh churchman, who in the course of his career served as Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, and Bishop of Bristol.


Bradshaw was born at Abergavenny in Monmouthshire on 10 April 1671. He was educated at New College, Oxford, taking his degree of B.A. on 14 April 1697, and proceeding M.A. 14 January 1700. He was ordained deacon 4 June 1699, and priest 26 May 1700, and was a senior preacher of the university in 1711.

On 5 November 1714, when he was chaplain to Charles Trimnell, Bishop of Norwich, he published a sermon preached in St Paul's Cathedral. He was appointed vicar of the rural village of Fawley, a prebend of Canterbury, in Berkshire, on 21 March 1717, which he resigned on his appointment as canon of Christ Church, Oxford, on 24 May 1723.[1][2] He received the degree of D.D. on 27 August of the same year; and on 29 August 1724 was nominated and appointed to the deanery of Christ Church and the bishopric of Bristol, receiving the two preferments in commendam. He published in 1730 a Sermon preached before the House of Lords on 30 Jan. 1729-30. Bradshaw died at Bath on 16 December 1732, and was buried in Bristol Cathedral.[2]


  1. ^ William Page and P.H. Ditchfield (eds) (1924). "Parishes: Fawley". A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bradshaw, William (1671-1732)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Hugh Boulter
Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Conybeare
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Boulter
Bishop of Bristol
Succeeded by
Charles Cecil