Bishop of Rochester

616 Death of Æthelberht King Kent

633 Battle of Hatfield Chase

673 Synod of Hertford

1554 Consecration of new Bishops

Bishop of Rochester is in Bishop.

In 604 Justus Archibishop Canterbury -627 was appointed 1st Bishop of Rochester.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 600-649. 604. This year Augustine (64) consecrated two bishops, Mellitus and Justus. Mellitus he sent to preach baptism to the East-Saxons. Their king was called Seabert, the son of Ricola, Ethelbert's (54) sister, whom Ethelbert (54) placed there as king. Ethelbert (54) also gave Mellitus the bishopric of London; and to Justus he gave the bishopric of Rochester, which is twenty-four miles from Canterbury.

Death of Æthelberht King Kent

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 600-649. 616. This year died Ethelbert (66), king of Kent, the first of English kings that received baptism: he was the son of Ermenric. He reigned fifty-six winters, and was succeeded by his son Eadbald. And in this same year had elapsed from the beginning of the world five thousand six hundred and eighteen winters. This Eadbald renounced his baptism, and lived in a heathen manner; so that he took to wife the relict of his father. Then Laurentius, who was archbishop in Kent, meant to depart southward over sea, and abandon everything. But there came to him in the night the apostle Peter, and severely chastised him, because he would so desert the flock of God. And he charged him to go to the king, and teach him the right belief. And he did so; and the king returned to the right belief. In this king's days the same Laurentius, who was archbishop in Kent after Augustine (76), departed this life on the second of February, and was buried near Augustine. The holy Augustine in his lifetime invested him bishop, to the end that the church of Christ, which yet was new in England, should at no time after his decease be without an archbishop. After him Mellitus, who was first Bishop of London, succeeded to the archbishopric. The people of London, where Mellitus was before, were then heathens: and within five winters of this time, during the reign of Eadbald, Mellitus died. To him succeeded Justus, who was Bishop of Rochester, whereto he consecrated Romanus bishop.

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Around 624 Romanus Bishop of Rochester -627 was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

Battle of Hatfield Chase

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 600-649. 633. This year King Edwin (47) was slain by Cadwalla and Penda, on Hatfield moor, on the fourteenth of October [Note. Some sources say 12 Oct 633]. He reigned seventeen years. His son Osfrid was also slain with him. After this Cadwalla and Penda went and ravaged all the land of the Northumbrians; which when Paulinus saw, he took Ethelburga (28), the relict of Edwin, and went by ship to Kent. Eadbald and Honorius received him very honourably, and gave him the bishopric of Rochester, where he continued to his death.

In 655 Ithamar Bishop of Rochester was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

Around 669 Bishop Putta -668 was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

In 676 Bishop Putta -688 was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England Book 4 Chapter 12. 676. In the year of our Lord's incarnation 676, when Ethelred, king of the Mercians, ravaged Kent with a powerful army, and profaned churches and monasteries, without regard to religion, or the fear of God, he among the rest destroyed the city of Rochester ; Putta, who was bishop, was absent at that time, but when he understood that his church was ravaged, and all things taken away, he went to Sexwulf, bishop of the Mercians, and having received of him a certain church, and a small spot of land, ended his days there in peace ; in no way endeavouring to restore his bishopric, because (as has been said above) he was more industrious in spiritual than in worldly affairs ; serving God only in that church, and going wherever he was desired, to teach church music. Theodore (74) consecrated Cuichelm bishop of Rochester in his stead ; but he, not long after, departing from his bishopric for want of necessaries, and withdrawing to other parts, Gebmund was substituted in his place.

In 676 Bishop Cwichhelm was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 678 Bishop Cwichhelm resigned the see of Rochester.

Around 678 Bishop Gedmund -716 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 678 Bishop Gedmund of Rochester -710 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 693 Bishop Tobias -726 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

Before 726 Tobias Bishop of Rochester -726 was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

In 727 Bishop Aldwulf of Rochester -739 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 700-749. 727. This year died Tobias, Bishop of Rochester: and Archbishop Bertwald consecrated Aldulf bishop in his stead.

In 740 Bishop Dunn -747 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 800-849. 801. Her wæs gehadod Beornmod bisc to Hrofes ceastre2.

801. [Collation]. This year Beornmod was ordained Bishop of Rochester.

2. D. places this entry in this form under the year 801; but repeats it in the form in which it occurs in E. under the year 802.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 800-849. 802 Her aðeostrade se mona on dagunge on xiii kt Iañr. ⁊ Beornmod wæs gehalgod to b to Rofeceastre þy ilcan geare.

802. This year was the moon eclipsed, at dawn, on the thirteenth day before the calends of January; and Bernmod was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

Between 868 and 880 Bishop Swithulf -896 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

On 26 Dec 1226 Bishop Henry de SANFORD -1236 was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 09 May 1227 Bishop Henry de SANFORD -1236 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

On 16 May 1227 Bishop Henry de SANFORD -1236 was enthroned Bishop of Rochester.

In 1419 Cardinal John Kempe 1380-1454 (39) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 12 Nov 1421 Bishop John Langdon -1434 was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 07 Jun 1422 Bishop John Langdon -1434 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester by Archbishop Henry Chichele 1364-1443 (59).

On 21 Feb 1435 Bishop Thomas Brunce 1388-1445 (47) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 01 May 1435 Bishop Thomas Brunce 1388-1445 (47) was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 1468 Thomas Rotherham Archbishop of York 1423-1500 (44) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

On 22 Sep 1476 John Russell Bishop -1494 was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

On 07 Jun 1480 Edmund Tuchet Bishop of Rochester Bishop of Hereford Bishop of Salisbury 1443-1524 (37) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

On 07 Jul 1480 Edmund Tuchet Bishop of Rochester Bishop of Hereford Bishop of Salisbury 1443-1524 (37) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 01 Oct 1480 Edmund Tuchet Bishop of Rochester Bishop of Hereford Bishop of Salisbury 1443-1524 (37) was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

On 21 May 1497 Richard Fitzjames Bishop -1522 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

On 22 Jun 1535 John Fisher Bishop of Rochester 1469-1535 (65) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

Around 1510 Meynnart Wewyck Painter 1460-1525. Portrait of Margaret Beaufort Countess Richmond 1443-1509 in the Masters Lodge St John's College. Commissioned by John Fisher Bishop of Rochester 1469-1535. Note the Beaufort Arms on the wall beneath which is the Beafort Portcullis. Repeated in the window. She is wearing widow's clothes, or possibly that of a convent; Gabled Headress with Lappets. On 29 Mar 2019, St John's College, Cambridge, which she founded, announced the portrait was original work by Wewyck.

On 18 Sep 1535 John Hilsey Bishop of Rochester -1539 was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 1544 Bishop Henry Holbeach 1477-1551 (67) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

In 1547 Nicholas Ridley Bishop Martyr 1500-1555 (47) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

In 1551 Bishop John Scory 1510-1585 (41) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

In 1554 Bishop Maurice Griffith 1507-1558 (47) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

1554 Consecration of new Bishops

On 01 Apr 1554 the Lord Chancellor Bishop Edmund "Bloody" Bonner of London 1500-1569 (54), assisted by Stephen Gardiner Bishop of Winchester 1483-1555 (71), Nicholas Ridley Bishop Martyr 1500-1555 (54) and Cuthbert Tunstall Bishop of Durham 1474-1559 (80), consecrated seven bishops at Southwark Cathedral:

Bishop George Cotes -1556 was consecrated Bishop of Chester.

Bishop Gilbert Bourne -1569 was consecrated Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Bishop James Brooks 1512-1558 (41) was consecrated Bishop of Gloucester.

Bishop Robert Griffin 1507-1558 (47) was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

Bishop Henry Morgan -1559 was consecrated Bishop of St David's.

Bishop John White 1510-1560 (44) was consecrated Bishop of Lincoln.

Bishop Robert Parfew aka Warton -1557 was consecrated Bishop of Hereford.

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Diary of Henry Machyn March 1554. 01 Apr 1554. [The first day of April my lord chancellor (54) did consecrate six new bishops at St. Mary Overy's, before the high altar; and a goodly mass was said. And when all] was done thay yede unto my lord ch[ancellor's,] for ther was as grett a dener as youe ha[ve seen.] Thes be the bysshopes names that wher consecrated, [doctor] Whyt (44), warden of Wynchastur, the bysshope of Ly[ncoln]; doctur Borne, bysshope of Bathe; doctur Morgan, bishop of sant Davys; doctur Brokes (41), bysshope of Gloss [ter]; doctur Cottes, bysshope of Westtchastur; bysshope of sant Asse changyd to be bysshope of Arfford; master [Griffith] (47) parsun of sant Magnus bysshope of Rochastur.

Before 27 Jul 1559 Edmund Allen Clergyman 1519-1559 was elected Bishop of Rochester although he died before being installed.

In 1560 Edmund Gheast Bishop of Rochester Salisbury 1514-1577 (46) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

On 02 Jan 1597 Richard Fitzjames Bishop -1522 was elected Bishop of Rochester.

In 1608 Richard Neale Archbishop 1562-1640 (45) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

In 1611 Bishop John Buckeridge 1562-1631 (49) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 13 Nov 1637 John Warner Bishop 1581-1666 (56) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 14 Jan 1638 John Warner Bishop 1581-1666 (56) was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 1666 John Dolben Archbishop 1625-1686 (41) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

Around 1822. George Perfect Harding Painter 1781-1853. Portrait of John Dolben Archbishop 1625-1686. Cleary not contemporary the source of the image unknown.

On 11 Nov 1683 Francis Turner Bishop 1637-1700 (46) was consecrated Bishop of Rochester at Lambeth Palace.

In 1684 Thomas Sprat Bishop 1635-1713 (49) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

John Evelyn's Diary 26 February 1684. 26 Feb 1684. Came to visite me Dr. Turner (46), our new Bishop of Rochester.

John Evelyn's Diary 04 November 1684. 04 Nov 1684. Dr. Turner (47), now translated from Rochester to Ely upon the death of Dr. Peter Gunning (70), preached before the King (54) at White-hall on 3 Romans 8, a very excellent sermon, indicating the Church of England against the pernicious doctrines of the Church of Rome. He challenged the producing but of five Cleargymen who forsooke our Church and went over to that of Rome, during all the troubles & rebellion In England, which lasted neere twenty yeares; and this was to my certaine observation a greate truth.

Before 1684. Circle of Anthony Van Dyck Painter 1599-1641. Portrait of Peter Gunning Bishop 1614-1684. Around 1642. William Dobson Painter 1611-1646. Portrait of the future Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Before 1691. John Riley Painter 1646-1691. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. Around 1665 John Greenhill Painter 1644-1676. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his Garter Robes. Around 1661 John Michael Wright 1617-1694. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685 in his coronation robes. Before 11 Jul 1671 Adriaen Hanneman Painter 1603-1671. Portrait of Charles II King England Scotland and Ireland 1630-1685. 1675. Hendrick Danckerts Painter 1625-1680. Portrait of Royal Gardener John Rose presenting a pineappel to King Charles II

John Evelyn's Diary 15 April 1686. 15 Apr 1686. The Abp. of York (61) died of ye smallpox, aged 62, a corpulent man. He was my special loving friend, and whilst Bp. of Rochester (from whence he was translated) my excellent neighbour. He was an unexpressible losse to yc whole church, and that province especialy, he being a learned, wise, stoute, and most worthy prelate; I looke on this as a greate stroke to ye poore Church of England, now in this defecting period.

In 1713 Francis Atterbury Bishop of Rochester 1663-1732 (49) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

On 21 Apr 1718 Samuel Bradford Bishop of Carlisle and Rochester 1652-1731 (65) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

On 01 Jun 1718 Samuel Bradford Bishop of Carlisle and Rochester 1652-1731 (65) was consecrated Bishop of Rochester.

In 1723 Samuel Bradford Bishop of Carlisle and Rochester 1652-1731 (70) was translated to Bishop of Rochester.

On 15 Jul 1827 Hugh Percy Bishop of Rochester Bishop of Carlisle 1784-1856 (43) was appointed Bishop of Rochester.

On 24 Nov 1827 George Murray Bishop of Rochester 1784-1860 (43) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

In 1891 Dean Randall Davidson (42) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

1910. John Singer Sargent Painter 1856-1925. Portrait of Archbishop Randall Davidson 1848-1930.

On 19 Apr 1911 Edward Stuart Talbot Bishop of Rochester Southwark and Winchester 1844-1934 (67) was elected Bishop of Rochester.

673 Synod of Hertford

Bede's Ecclesiastical History of England Book 4 Chapter 5. "In the name of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, who reigns for ever and for ever, and governs his church, it was thought meet that we should assemble, according to the custom of the venerable canons, to treat about the necessary affairs of the church. We met on the 24th day of September, the first indiction, at a place called Hertford, myself, Theodore, the unworthy bishop of the see of Canterbury, appointed by the Apostolic See, our fellow-priest and most reverend brother, Bisi, bishop of the East Angles; also by his proxies, our brother and fellow-priest, Wilfrid, bishop of the nation of the Northumbrians, as also our brothers and fellow priests, Putta, bishop of the Kentish castle, called Rochester; Eleutherius, bishop of the West Saxons, and Winfrid, bishop of the province of the Mercians. When we were all met together, and were sat down in order, I said, ' I beseech you, most dear brothers, for the love and fear of our Redeemer, that we may all treat in common for our faith ; to the end that whatsoever has been decreed and defined by the holy and revered fathers, may be inviolably observed by all.' This and much more I spoke tending to the preservation of the charity and unity of the church; and when I had ended my discourse, I asked every one of them in order, whether they consented to observe the things that had been formerly canonically decreed by the fathers ? To which all our fellow-priests answered, ' It so pleases us, and we will all most willingly observe with a cheerful mind whatever is laid down in the canons of the holy fathers.' I then produced the said book of canons, and publicly showed them ten chapters in the same, which I had marked in several places, because I knew them to be of the most importance to us, and entreated that they might be most particularly received by them all.

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