Fonds DN/ORR - Diocese of Norwich: Ordination Registers

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Diocese of Norwich: Ordination Registers


  • 1531-2005 (Creation)

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13 files

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The Diocese of Norwich was established when Bishop Herbert de Losinga transferred the see from Thetford to Norwich in 1095 or 1096. At that time the diocese contained Norfolk (except Emneth, which was in the diocese of Ely), Suffolk (except for parishes in the peculiar deanery of Bocking) and part of south-east Cambridgeshire. This remained the case until 1837 when the Cambridgeshire portion along with the Archdeaconry of Sudbury (comprising West Suffolk) and the Liberty of Bury St Edmunds passed to the Diocese of Ely. In 1914 the Archdeaconry of Suffolk (except the deanery of Lothingland, i.e., the area around Lowestoft in north-east Suffolk), became part of the newly-created Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich whilst at the same time the Fincham and Lynn Marshland deaneries were transferred to the Diocese of Ely.

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Registers and lists of persons ordained deacon, or priest, occasionally noting the examination of a candidate's literacy (often expressed in terms of their college degree), their title (that is, proof of possession of a curacy, benefice, college fellowship or other means of subsistence suitable to the ordinand's new order) and letters dimissory from the bishop of a stranger's 'native diocese' (that is, a letter from another bishop recommending a candidate for ordination).

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For an index to ordinations, 1413-1694, see MC 16/6, 390X2.

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For ordination papers, see DN/ORD. For ordinations, 1413-1486, see DN/REG 4 book 7, DN/REG 4 book 8, DN/REG 5 book 9, DN/REG 5 book 10, DN/REG 6 book 11 and DN/REG 7 book 12. For ordinations 31 Mar 1499, see Norwich Consistory Court will register Sayve (1498-1499) on microfilms MF 32-33. For ordinations, c May 1502, see DN/REG. For ordinations, 1624-1628/9, 1632-1640, 1642-1644, see DN/REG 8 book 13. For ordinations, 1662-1672, see DN/SUB 3/1. For ordinations, 1672-1708, see DN/SUB 3/2. For ordinations, 1685-1694, see DN/FCB 2/1.

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