William Downham (1511–1577) was bishop of Chester.
As bishop, he was considered rather ineffectual against the Roman Catholics, preferring not to offend the gentry. The reformer Christopher Goodman attacked him in 1571, as supine, on a pretext of the continuing Whitsun plays.
- Andrew Pettegree, The Reformation: Critical Concepts in Historical Studies (2004), p. 337.
- Christopher Haigh, Reformation and Resistance in Tudor Lancashire (1975), p. 210.
- Christopher Haigh, Reformation and Resistance in Tudor Lancashire (1975), p. 225.
- Richard L. Graves, Society and Religion in Elizabethan England (1981), p. 78.
- Benjamin Brook, The Lives of the Puritans (1813), p. 496.
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