Dean of St Paul's

The Dean of St Paul's is a member of, and chairman of the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral in London in the Church of England. The Dean of St Paul's is also (ex officio) Dean of the Order of the British Empire.

The current Dean is David Ison, who was installed on 25 May 2012.

Cathédrale St-Paul - entrée principale
St Paul's Cathedral, London

List of deans

High Medieval

Late Medieval

  • 1306–1313 Arnald Frangerius de Cantilupo
  • 1314–1316 John Sandale
  • 1316–1317 Richard Newport
  • 1317 Roger de Northburgh
  • 1317–1322 Vitalis de Testa
  • 1322–1335 John de Everdon
  • 1335–1354 Gilbert de Bruera
  • 1354–1361 Richard de Kilvington
  • 1361–1362 Walter de Alderbury
  • 1362–1364 Thomas Trilleck
  • 1364–1389 John de Appleby
  • 1389–1400 Thomas de Eure
  • 1400–1405 Thomas Stowe
  • 1406–1421 Thomas More
  • 1422–1441 Reginald Kentwood
  • 1441–1456 Thomas Lisieux
  • 1456–1457 Laurence Booth
  • 1457–1468 William Say
  • 1468–1471 Roger Radclyffe
  • 1471–1478 Thomas Wynterbourne
  • 1479–1499 William Worsley

Early modern


Name Portrait Term of office
Alexander Nowell British - Alexander Nowell - Google Art Project 1560 1602
John Overall Joverall 1602 1614
Valentine Cary ValentineCary BishopOfExeter Died1626 ExeterCathedral 1614 1621
John Donne John Donne by Isaac Oliver 1621 1631
Thomas Winniffe No image 1631 1642
Richard Steward
(not installed)
Richard Steward by Adriaen Hanneman 1642 1651
Vacancy (English Interregnum) 1651 1660
Matthew Nicholas No image 1660 1661
John Barwick John Barwick Dean of St Paul's 1661 1662
William Sancroft AbpWilliamSancroft 1664 1678
Edward Stillingfleet Edward Stillingfleet by Mary Beale 1678 1689
John Tillotson John Tillotson by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt 1689 1691
William Sherlock William Sherlock Dean of St Paul's 1691 1707
Henry Godolphin Henry Godolphin 1707 1726
Francis Hare
(in commendam as Bishop of St Asaph 1727–31,
as Bishop of Chichester from 1731)
No image 1726 1740
Joseph Butler
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol)
Joseph Butler, Bp of Bristol 1740 1750
Thomas Secker
(in commendam as Bishop of Oxford)
Thomas Secker by Sir Joshua Reynolds 1750 1758
John Hume
(in commendam as Bishop of Oxford)
John Hume Bp of Oxford 1758 1766
Frederick Cornwallis
(in commendam as Bishop of Lichfield)
AbpFrederickCornwallis 1766 1768
Thomas Newton
(in commendam as Bishop of Bristol)
Thomas Newton Bp Bristol 1768 1782
Thomas Thurlow
(in commendam as Bishop of Lincoln)
No image 1782 1787
George Pretyman Tomline
(Pretyman until 1803)
(in commendam as Bishop of Lincoln)
SirGeorgePretymanTomline 1787 1820
William Van Mildert
(in commendam as Bishop of Llandaff)
William Van Mildert by Thomas Lawrence 1820 1826
Charles Sumner
(in commendam as Bishop of Llandaff)
CharlesRichardSumner 1826 1827
Edward Copleston
(in commendam as Bishop of Llandaff)
Edward Copleston (1776–1849) Bishop of Llandaff 1827 1849
Henry Hart Milman Portrait of Henry Hart Milman 1849 1868
Henry Longueville Mansel Henry Longueville Mansel J&C Watkins 1868 1871
Richard William Church Portrait of Richard William Church 1871 1890
Robert Gregory Robert Gregory Lock & Whitfield 1891 1911
William Inge Deaninge 1911 1934
Walter Matthews Walter Matthews 1934 1967
Martin Sullivan No image 1967 1978
Alan Webster No image 1978 1988
Eric Evans No image 1988 1996
John Moses No image 1996 2006
Graeme Knowles No image 2007 2011
David Ison No image 2012 incumbent

See also


  • Deans of St Paul's. Greenway, D. E. (1968). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1066–1300. Volume 1: St. Paul's, London. British History Online. pp. 4–8.
  • Deans of St Paul's. Horn, J. M. (1963). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541. Volume 5: St Paul's, London. British History Online. pp. 4–7.
  • Deans of St Paul's. Horn, J. M. (1969). Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857. Volume 1: St. Paul's, London. British History Online. pp. 5–7.
  • WR Matthews: [1] Date accessed: 15 February 2006.
  • St Paul's Cathedral press release 23 Jan 2006: [2] Date accessed: 15 February 2006.
Alexander Nowell

Alexander Nowell (c. 1517 – 13 February 1602, aka Alexander Noel) was an Anglican priest and theologian. He served as Dean of St Paul's during much of Elizabeth I's reign, and is now remembered for his catechisms.

David Ison

David John Ison (born 15 September 1954) is a Church of England priest. Since 2012, he has been the Dean of St Paul's in the Diocese of London.

Diocese of Huron

The Diocese of Huron is a diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario of the Anglican Church of Canada. The diocese comprises just over 31,000 square kilometres of the extreme south-western portion of the civil province of Ontario, sandwiched between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Its See city is London, and its parish rolls of 50,000 are served by 177 congregations.

The territory covered by the diocese was under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Quebec until 1839, and was included in the Diocese of Toronto from 1839 until 1857. Its first bishop, Benjamin Cronyn, was the first to be elected by a diocesan synod in Canada. In 1866, there were two archdeaconries: C. Crosbie Brough was Archdeacon of Huron and Isaac Hellmuth of London.Apart from London, other major communities included within the diocese are Brantford, Cambridge, Chatham, Kitchener, Sarnia, Stratford, Waterloo, and Windsor. Apart from its many parishes, the diocese maintains chaplaincies at Canterbury College in Windsor, Renison University College in Waterloo and Huron University College in London, which has an affiliated seminary. A parish in Brantford, Ontario also supports chaplaincy ministry at the local campus of Wilfrid Laurier University.

The Diocesan Bishop from July 2009 - November 2017 was Robert Bennett, who retired November 1, 2016. He was supported by Terry Dance, who was elected as suffragan bishop on 28 March 2009 and consecrated in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario, on 6 June 2009. Bishop Terry Dance retired December 31, 2015. The Rt Rev Linda Nicholls, former suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Toronto area of Trent-Durham was elected Coadjutor Bishop on February 13, 2016, and assumed the role of the diocesan bishop on November 1, 2016, with the retirement of the Rt Rev Robert Bennett.

The interim dean of St. Paul's Cathedral was the Rt Revd Barry Clarke, formerly of the Diocese of Montreal. Bishop Clarke was appointed upon the departure of the Very Revd Kevin Dixon, who has accepted a new position with a non-governmental organization. The Rev Paul Millard was appointed by Bishop Linda Nicholls as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral on May 15, 2017. Paul Millward will be inducted as Dean of Huron at the opening worship service of the 176th Diocesan Synod on May 28, 2017.

Eric Evans (priest)

Thomas Eric Evans KCVO (1 February 1928 – 17 August 1996) was Dean of St Paul's from 1988 until his death eight years later.

Evans was educated at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, ordained in 1954 and began his ordained ministry with curacies in Margate and Bournemouth. After this he was youth chaplain for the Diocese of Gloucester and then the Archdeacon of Cheltenham.

Graeme Knowles

Graeme Paul Knowles (born 25 September 1951) is a retired Anglican bishop. He is currently the Acting Dean of St Edmundsbury, having previously served as Bishop of Sodor and Man and as Dean of St Paul's.

Henry Godolphin

Henry Godolphin (1648–1733) was a Provost of Eton College and Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, a position in which he clashed with Sir Christopher Wren in the period when the new cathedral had reached the finishing touches.

John Chishull

John Chishull or John de Chishull (died 1280) was Lord Chancellor of England, Bishop of London, and Lord High Treasurer during the 13th century. He also served as Dean of St. Paul's.

John Hume (bishop)

John Hume (c. 1706 – 26 June 1782) was an English bishop.

John Incent

John Incent (c. 1480–1545) was an English clergyman in the early 16th century, during the early years of the English Reformation. Originating from the town of Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, he studied at the University of Cambridge and later at All Souls College, Oxford, and served as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London between 1540 and 1545.

Incent is noted for being one of the agents of the Lord Chancellor Thomas Cromwell responsible for the sequestration of religious properties during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and as the founder of Berkhamsted Collegiate School. His home in Berkhamsted, built in 1500, remains in use to the present day, situated on the High Street facing St Peter's Church.

Matthew Nicholas

Matthew Nicholas (1594–1661) was an English Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

Ralph de Diceto

Ralph de Diceto (c. 1120 – c. 1202) was archdeacon of Middlesex, dean of St Paul's Cathedral (from c. 1180), and author of two chronicles, the Abbreviationes chronicorum and the Ymagines historiarum.

Robert Sherborne

Robert Sherborne (born c. 1453 Rolleston on Dove, died 1536) was bishop of Chichester from 1508 to 1536.

Sherborne was Archdeacon of Huntingdon (1494–1496), Archdeacon of Buckingham and of Taunton (1496–1505) and Dean of St Paul's (1499–1505). Exceptionally, he held ecclesiastical posts prior to ordination: he was made a deacon in 1499 and ordained a priest on 5 March 1501. From 1505 to 1508 he was bishop of St David's.Sherborne was a patron of the artist Lambert Barnard, commissioning several series of paintings from him. He founded the Free Grammar School in Rolleston, around 1520, which continued to 1909.

The Deanes School

The Deanes Academy is a foundation secondary school located in Thundersley, Essex, England. The school takes its name from an area of forest called The Deanes Wood – so called because it was owned by the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral. West Wood, as it is now known, immediately adjoins the school to the south-east. It is now owned by Castle Point Borough Council.

In September 2013 Essex County Council announced their intention to close The Deanes School due to falling pupil numbers. There was considerable opposition to the proposed closure from local residents, and in February 2014 the Schools Adjudicator ruled that the school would remain open.In February 2015 it was announced that the school had been awarded a grant from the government's priority schools building programme. The grant was used for the school science block including the ICT, arts and food technology departments.

It is now part of a challenger Academy

Thomas Ingoldsthorpe

Thomas Ingoldsthorpe (or Thomas of Ingoldisthorpe) was a medieval Bishop of Rochester.

Ingoldsthorpe was from Ingoldisthorpe in Norfolk. He held the offices of Archdeacon of Sudbury in the diocese of Norwich, then was Archdeacon of Middlesex in the diocese of London. He was named Dean of St Paul's on 9 March 1277.Ingoldsthorpe was elected about 9 July 1283 and consecrated on 26 September 1283 or 3 October 1283. He died on 11 May 1291.

Thomas Lisieux

Thomas Lisieux (died 1456) was a Canon of Windsor from 1435 to 1442 and Dean of St Paul’s from 1441 to 1456.

Thomas Trilleck

Thomas Trilleck was a medieval Bishop of Rochester.

Trilleck was the nephew of Adam Orleton, Bishop of Hereford and younger brother of John Trilleck, also a Bishop of Hereford. The Trilleck family originated in the village of Trelleck, near Monmouth.Trilleck was appointed Dean of Hereford in 1352 until 1361, and then served as Dean of St Paul's from 1362 to 1364.Trilleck was nominated as Bishop of Rochester on 6 March 1364 and consecrated on 26 May 1364. He died between 12 December and 25 December 1372.

William Say (priest)

William Say (died before 7 December 1468) was an English priest who served as Dean of St Paul's and Archdeacon of Northampton.He was born the son of John Say and his wife Maud and was the brother of Sir John Say, who became Speaker of the House of Commons. William studied at New College, Oxford and became proctor of Oxford University in 1440. He gave up that position in the 1440s to become Dean of the Chapel Royal until his death.In 1457 he was elected Dean of St Paul's and in 1464 Archdeacon of Northampton, filling both positions until his death in 1568.

He wrote a detailed account of the position of Dean of the Chapel Royal for the King of Portugal.

William Worsley (priest)

William Worsley (1435?−1499), was a dean of St. Paul's cathedral.

He is assumed to have been educated at Cambridge, as he is not mentioned in Wood; he is described as ‘sanctæ theologiæ’ ‘professor,’ but in his epitaph states ‘doctor of laws.’ On 29 April 1449 he was advanced to the prebend of Tachbrook in Lichfield Cathedral, on 30 March 1453 to Norwell Overall in Southwell, and in 1457 to South Cave in York Cathedral. These preferments were apparently conferred on him during his minority by his uncles, for it was not till 20 Sept. 1460 that he was ordained priest. On 19 May 1467 he was moved to the rectory of Eakring, Nottinghamshire. On 28 Sept. 1476 he became archdeacon of Nottingham, and on 22 Jan. 1478−9 he was elected dean of St. Paul's in succession to Thomas Winterbourne; he retained with it the archdeaconry of Nottingham and the prebend of Willesden in St. Paul's, and from 1493 to 1496 was also archdeaconry of Taunton.

Worsley held the deanery throughout the reigns of Edward V and Richard III, but in 1494 he became involved with the revolutionary movement by Perkin Warbeck. He was arrested in November, confessed before a commission of Oyer and terminer, and was found guilty of high treason on the 14th (Rot. Parl. vi. 489b). The lay conspirators were put to death, but Worsley was saved by his order, and on 6 June 1495 he was pardoned (Gairdner, Letters and Papers, ii. 375). In October following parliament passed an act (11 Henry VII, c. 52) restoring him in blood (Statutes of the Realm, ii. 619). He had retained his ecclesiastical preferments, and died in possession of them on 14 Aug. 1499, being buried in St. Paul's Cathedral; his epitaph and a very pessimistic copy of Latin verses are printed by Weever (Funerall Monuments, p. 368; Gough, Sepulchral Mon. ii. 337). Fabyan describes Worsley as ‘a famous doctour and precher’ (Chronicle, p. 685). His will, dated 12 Feb. 1498−9, was proved at Lambeth on 8 Nov. 1499, and at York on 27 March 1500, and is printed in ‘Testamenta Eboracensia,’ iv. 155−6; by it he left money for an obit in St. Paul's.

William de Montfort

William de Montfort (also Mountfort) was an English medieval Canon law jurist, singer, dean, and university chancellor. He was apparently the son of Peter de Montfort.William de Montfort was a Professor or Doctor of Canon law. He was Chantor at Hereford Cathedral. During 1282–3, he was Chancellor of the University of Oxford. From 1285–94 he was Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London.

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