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Dean of Canterbury

Inscribed panels in Canterbury Cathedral, listing the Deans of Canterbury

The Dean of Canterbury is the head of the Chapter of the Cathedral of Christ Church, Canterbury, England. The office of dean originated after the English Reformation, and its precursor office was the prior of the cathedral-monastery.[1] The 39th and current Dean is Robert Willis, who was appointed in 2001.


  • List of deans 1
    • 820–1080 1.1
      • Version on show in the Cathedral (west end) 1.1.1
      • Victoria County History, 1926 1.1.2
    • Priors of Canterbury 1.2
    • Post-Reformation Deans 1.3
      • Early modern 1.3.1
      • Late modern 1.3.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

List of deans


Priors of Canterbury

About a century after becoming a monastic foundation late in the 10th century, the Cathedral started to be headed by a prior rather than a dean. It would next have a dean after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Post-Reformation Deans


  1. ^ A full list of the priors and Deans and Canterbury is given in A History of Canterbury Cathedral, ed. P. Collinson, N. Ramsay, M. Sparks. (OUP 1995, revised edition 2002), page 565.
  2. ^ Houses of Benedictine monks: The cathedral priory of the Holy Trinity or Christ Church, Canterbury, A History of the County of Kent: Volume 2 (1926), pp. 113–121. accessed: 08 September 2009.

External links

  • Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: volume 3
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