Bishops and Archbishops of Britain

  • Timothy Venning


The first Christian missions to Britain appear to have occurred at the start of the Roman period, with the resultant establishment of congregations who would have been led by bishops. These were then formally incorporated into the new official hierarchy of the Imperially sponsored Church under Constantine c. AD 314, and formed part of the Church of the Western Roman Empire until the end of Imperial authority in 410. The hierarchy included at least three bishops by the Council of Rimini in 359; their sees are uncertain but two were presumably Londinium and Eburacum (York) and the third was probably Lindum (Lincoln) or Verulamium (St. Albans), the latter the shrine of the only significant British martyr of the Diocletainic persecutions. (The later Welsh traditions placed the bishoprics at London, York, and Caerleon.)


Birth Date Royal Court Imperial Authority Principal Residence 
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