Thomas Godwin (bishop)

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Thomas Godwin
Religion Church of England
Born 1517
Wokingham, Berkshire
Died 1590 (aged 73)
Wokingham, Berkshire
Resting place All Saints' Church, Wokingham
Senior posting
Based in England
Title Bishop of Bath and Wells
Period in office 1584- 1590
Predecessor Gilbert Berkeley
Successor John Still
Religious career
Previous post Dean of Canterbury Cathedral (1567- 1584)

Thomas Godwin (1517–1590) was an English bishop, who presided over the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Thomas Godwin was both born and died in Wokingham in Berkshire. From 1567 to 1584 he was Dean of Canterbury. He was appointed Bishop of Bath and Wells on 10 August 1584.[1] He was much in favour with Queen Elizabeth I as a preacher.

Godwin was married twice and had eight children

While at Wells Godwin lived a semi- invalid life which his family and extended family took full advantage of, many of them receiving several benefices and amercing themselves in local politics.[3] Thomas Godwin returned home to Berkshire in 1590 and on 19 November 1590 he died. He was buried under the chancel of the parish church of All Saints' Church, Wokingham.[4] On his death his children fought over his personal effects and Blandia was seen smuggling the best linen away. The See of Bath and Wells was also left in a bad situation with mistrust and corruption among its canons.[5]


  1. Cassan, Stephen Hyde (1829). Lives of the Bishops of Bath. pp. 480–490.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Godwin, Thomas (1517–1590)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hembry, Phyllis (1967). The Bishops of Bath and Wells. London: The Athlone Press. p. 156.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Thomas Godwin (1517-1590)". Royal Berkshire History. Nash Ford Publishing.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Hembry, Phyllis (1967). The Bishops of Bath and Wells. London: The Athlone Press. p. 182.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Nicholas Wotton
Dean of Canterbury
Succeeded by
Richard Rogers
Preceded by
Gilbert Berkeley
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Succeeded by
John Still