John Fordham

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John Fordham
Bishop of Ely
Church Catholic
Appointed 3 April 1388
Term ended 19 November 1425
Predecessor Thomas Arundel
Successor Philip Morgan
Consecration 5 January 1382
Personal details
Died 19 November 1425(1425-11-19)
Previous post Bishop of Durham

John Fordham (died 1425) was Bishop of Durham and Bishop of Ely.

Fordham was keeper of the privy seal of Prince Richard from 1376 to 1377 and Dean of Wells before being named Lord Privy Seal in June 1377. He held that office until December of 1381.[1]

Fordham was nominated to Durham on 9 September 1381 and consecrated on 5 January 1382. He was translated to Ely on 3 April 1388.[2]

Fordham briefly served as Lord High Treasurer in 1386.[3]

Fordham died on 19 November 1425.[4] His executors, listed in 1430, were Robert Wetheryngsete, John Bernard, William Derby, Thomas Reynald & Robert Crowe.[5]


  1. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 94
  2. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 242
  3. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 106
  4. Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 244
  5. "Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40 / 677". Retrieved 4 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> First entry, with "Cant" in the margin.


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Political offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Carew
Lord Privy Seal
Succeeded by
William Dighton
Preceded by
Hugh Segrave
Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
John Gilbert
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Hatfield
Bishop of Durham
Succeeded by
Walter Skirlaw
Preceded by
Thomas Arundel
Bishop of Ely
Succeeded by
Philip Morgan