ARCHDEACONS OF NORWICH DIOCESE
Since the first four archdeacons of the diocese occur without territorial title, they
cannot be assigned to particular archdeaconries and are listed together in chronological order. The development of the territorial archdeaconries is obscure, but it is
clear that the episcopate of Everard of Calne (1121-45) was of importance. Everard
is said to have created the archdeaconry of Sudbury by dividing the Suffolk archdeaconry into two. (fn. 9) From his time territorial titles began to be used, and the archdeacons are listed below under their respective archdeaconries-Norwich, Norfolk,
Suffolk and Sudbury. However, the use of territorial titles did not become normal
until the end of the twelfth century, and several archdeacons never occur with
territorial title. Below they are placed in square brackets under their conjectured
A useful list of the archdeacons of the Norwich diocese before 1214 was compiled
by L. Landon, 'The early archdeacons of Norwich diocese', Proc. Suff. Institute of
Archaeology and Natural Hist. xx (1930) 11-35 (cited below as Landon, Archdcns.).
In general Landon's sequences are correct, although his dating of charters cannot
always be supported. Landon took Herman, the author of the 'Miracula Sancti
Edmundi', to be the first archdeacon of Norwich, but he was apparently unaware of
Liebermann's convincing argument that Herman was not a diocesan archdeacon but
an official of the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds. (fn. 1)
Occ. as tenant of bp. in Norf., 1086 (Domesday Book (1783) 11 fo. 193a) and together
with Alfred at or shortly after foundation of Thetford (Norf.) [1107, before 15 Sept.]
(Regesta 11 no. 834). (fn. 2)
First occ., together with Geoffrey, over whom he has precedence, at or shortly after
foundation of Thetford [1107, before 15 Sept.] (Regesta 11 no. 834). Also occ., together
with Walter archdcn. and Richard [de Bello Fago] archdcn. of Suffolk, who have
precedence over him, [c. 1110 × 1119] (Misc. D. M. Stenton p. 160). Last occ. as sole
archdcn. at foundation of Great Bricett (Suff.), [1114 × 19] (Mon. Ang. vi(1) 174). (fn. 3)
First occ., as tenant in Lakenham (Norf.), called archdcn. of Arminghall (Norf.),
Sept. 1101 (First Reg. Norw. p. 34). Last occ., together with Walter archdcn. and
Richard de Bello Fago, archdcn. of Suffolk [c. 1115 × 1119] (Reg. Holme 1 no. 120). (fn. 4)
First occ. [prob. 1111, before 8 Aug.] (Regesta 11 no. 987), but occ. perhaps earlier,
[?c. Apr. 1109] (Life, Letters etc. of Herbert de Losinga, ed. E. M. Goulburn and H.
Symonds (Oxford, 1878) 1 227; for the date see ibid. p. 228 n. 1 and Landon, Archdcns.
p. 16). Last occ., together with Osbern archdcn. and Richard de Bello Fago archdcn.
of Suffolk, [c. 1115 × 1119] (Reg. Holme 1 no. 120). (fn. 5) Occ. together with Alfred archdcn.
and Richard [de Bello Fago] archdcn. of Suffolk, [c. 1110 × 1119] (Misc. D. M. Stenton
p. 160). Called bp.'s archdcn. by bp. Herbert Losinga (Life, Letters etc. 1 227).