Dean of Exeter

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Exeter Cathedral, the maintenance of the structure and decoration of which is traditionally one of the principal duties of the Dean[1]

The Dean of Exeter is the head of the Chapter of Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Exeter, England.[2] The chapter was established by William Briwere, Bishop of Exeter (1224–44) who set up the offices of Dean and chancellor of Exeter Cathedral, allowing the chapter to elect those officers.[3] The deanery is at 10 The Close, Exeter. On 15 December 2011, HM Government announced the appointment of Jonathan Draper, Canon Theologian at York Minster to become the next Dean of Exeter.[4] He was installed as Dean of Exeter at a special service on 3 March 2012

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  1. See e.g. internal fittings added and restorations performed by Dean Jeremiah Milles (1762–1784) and his predecessor
  2. Details up to 1950 are from: Ursula Radford (1955). "An Introduction to the Deans of Exeter". Report & Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 87: 1–24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Barlow, Frank (2004). "Brewer, William (d. 1244)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/50339. Retrieved 12 April 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. Number 10 – Dean of Exeter appointed
  5. Diocese of Norwich – New Bishop of Lynn