Description: Suffield [Calthorpe] (Walter of, bishop of Norwich, d. 1257) Episcopal instrument by Walter, bishop of Norwich, "our son Roger de Rattlesden, rector of the church of Cringleford has resigned his position into our hands, and we having compassion on his old age have ordained the hospital of St Giles [the Great Hospital of Norwich] to pay a pension of 40 shillings sterling", superscription of Francis Blomefield on verso, manuscript in Latin, on vellum, 8 lines, folds, slightly browned, lacks seal, 65 x 169mm., 10th July seventh year of consecration . ⁂ An important episcopal instrument relating to a church near Norwich. Walter of Suffield was probably educated at Oxford, and then in Paris where he graduated DCnL and taught as regent master. After his consecration in 1245 he became involved with the governments of Henry III and the Papal Court. On 13 October 1247 he preached in Westminster Abbey at the translation of the relic of the holy blood, and in in January 1252 he was one of the arbitrators between the king and Simon de Montfort concerning the expenses of the latter in Gascony. "Late in 1253 Suffield was commissioned to assess one tenth of ecclesiastical property throughout England, granted by the pope to the king for the Holy Land subsidy". Suffield "proved to be an admirable diocesan bishop, and gained a posthumous reputation of his own for sanctity and miracles. It was noted that he sold many of his own assets to help the poor in a time of famine. At Norwich he founded in 1246 the 'Great' hospital of St Giles, for a master, brethren, and sisters living under a rule, resident poor men and scholars, and for the succour of the transient infirm poor. He was a benefactor of his monastic cathedral chapter, and was remembered by the community with affection, both for his gifts and for his addition to the cathedral of a magnificent lady chapel. He issued several diocesan statutes to supplement those promulgated by his immediate predecessor. It is, however, impossible to distinguish his legislation from that of his successor Simon of Walton, with the single exception of the statute relating to the disposal of tithes in the last testaments of rectors. Some one hundred acta are extant from his episcopate, and these reflect his concern to ensure the provision of effective pastoral ministry in the parishes of East Anglia, by the appointment of resident vicars with decent incomes and security of tenure." - Oxford DNB. Blomefield (Francis, topographical historian and Church of England clergyman, 1705-52).
Notes: Category: Western And Medieval Manuscripts
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