- Hugh of Northwold
name = Hugh of Northwold
Diocese of Ely
Bishop of Ely
Period = 1229–1254
Geoffrey de Burgo
William of Kilkenny
Abbot of Bury St Edmunds
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date of death =
August 6 1254
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Hugh of Northwold was a medieval
Bishop of Ely.
Hugh was born in the parish of Northwold in Norfolk, the son of Peter and Emma. He became a monk at Abbey of Bury St Edmunds in 1202.Owen "Northwold, Hugh of (d. 1254)" "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"]
He was elected
Abbot of Bury St. Edmundson August 7 1213.Smith "Heads of Religious Houses II" p. 26] King John of England, however, contested the election, and for three years it was contested until on June 10 1215, when the king finally accepted Hugh's election.
He was elected to the
see of Elyabout February 3 1229. [http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33863 British History Online Bishops of Ely] accessed on October 25, 2007] He was consecrated on June 19 1229at Canterbury. While bishop, he built extensively, was sent on diplomatic missions for King Henry III of England, and escorted Eleanor of Provenceto England for her marriage to King Henry. He was also a good friend of Robert Grosseteste.Miller "Abbey and Bishopric of Ely" p. 77-78] His greatest work as bishop was his increase in the estates of the bishoprics, through buying new lands and increasing the rents on extant manors. He also worked with Thorney Abbeyon reclamation of the fenlands surrounding Ely. The presbytery of Ely Cathedralwas built while he was bishop.
He died on
August 6 1254Fryde "Handbook of British Chronology" p. 244] at Downham and was buried in his presbytery in Ely Cathedral. The tomb is still extant.
* [http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=33863 British History Online Bishops of Ely] accessed on October 25, 2007
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