ARCHDEACONS OF WORCESTER DIOCESE
Although there were two archdeacons from bishop Sampson's time (1096-1112), the
division of the diocese into two territorial archdeaconries did not take place until
about the 1140s. The first four archdeacons of the diocese occur without territorial
titles and it is not possible to see two clear lines of succession. For a discussion of
this, and for details about the individual archdeacons to c. 1240, see Cart. Worc. pp.
First occ. 1086, as tenant of bp. of Worcester in Worcs. (Domesday Book (1783) 1
fo. 173, 173b; cf. the Worcester relief of [Jan. 1095 × June 1096] (J. H. Round, Feudal
England (1895) p. 312)). Last occ. [1100 × 8] (Cart. Worc. no. 259). Occ. together with
Hugh, archdcn., n.d. (ibid. nos. 148, 165). Presum. d. or res. before Feb. 1114,
because Hugh and Richard occ. as archdcns. before that date (I. Atkins in Antiquaries
Jnl. xx (1940) 224-5).
Said to have been appd. before 1112 (John Worc. p. 18), and this is supported by his
occ. together with Ailric, archdcn. (Cart. Worc. nos. 148, 165). Occ. [1109 × 1114]
(Yorks. Archaeol. Jnl. xxxvi (1944-7) 132). Perhaps succeeded to senior archdcnry. on
Ailric's d. (see Darlington, Cart. Worc. p. lxiv). Occ. together with Richard, archdcn.,
[1115 × 23] (cart. of Lanthony: P.R.O., C.115/K2/6683 i. 100). (fn. 1) Also occ. together
with Thurstan, archdcn., 24 Sept. 1122 (cart. of Kenilworth: B.M., Harley MS.
3650 fo. 46v). D. 21 March 1125 (John Worc. p. 18).
Occ. twice: [May 1112 × Feb. 1114] (I. Atkins in Antiquaries Jnl. xx (1940) 224-5);
and [1115 × 23], together with Hugh, archdcn. (cart. of Lanthony: P.R.O., C.115/K2/
6683 i. 100). (fn. 1) Possibly to be identified with Richard, archdcn. of Gloucester, who occ.
[1139 × 48] and [1151 × 57] (cf. below p. 107).
First occ., together with Hugh, archdcn., 24 Sept. 1122 (cart. of Kenilworth: B.M.,
Harley MS. 3650 fo. 46v). Last occ. after 1138, [prob. c. 1140] (Cart. Worc. no. 85) and
1140/1 (H. A. Cronne, in University of Birmingham Hist. Jnl. ii (1949) 207, and cf.
ibid. p. 202).