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John Pecham; Peckam; Peckham , Archbishop of Canterbury

Born: c. 1230   Died: 1292   

In 1284, subsequent to the collapse of Welsh independence, Pecham embarked upon a visitation of the religious houses in Wales. He was the first archbishop of Canterbury to do so and intended to reform the houses and also to assert his authority over the Welsh Church. He began his visitation in the July and finished on 7 August and inspected most of the non-exempt houses in the country. Only five sets of injunctions now survive - those for Ewenny, Goldcliff, Haverfordwest, Llanthony Prima and Usk.

Sites associated with this person

Ewenny Priory, Vale of Glamorgan (conducted visitation)

Goldcliff Priory, Newport (conducted visitation)

Haverfordwest Priory, Pembrokeshire (conducted visitation)

Llanthony Prima Priory, Monmouthshire (conducted visitation)

Pembroke Priory, Pembrokeshire (visitor)

Usk Priory, Monmouthshire (conducted visitation)

Bibliographical sources

Printed sources

Registrum Epistolarum Fratris Johannis Peckham Archiepiscopi Cantuariensis, Rerum Britannicarum medii aevi scriptores; or, Chronicles and memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages, 77, 3 vols (London, 1882-1885)

Cartwright, Jane, 'Abbess Annes and the ape', in Monastic Wales: New Approaches ed. Janet Burton and Karen Stöber (University of Wales: Cardiff, 2013), pp. 191-207

Cowley, F. G., The Monastic Order in South Wales 1066-1349 (Cardiff, 1977) pp. 101-109

Douie, Decima Langworthy, Archbishop Pecham (Oxford, 1952)

Williams, G., The Welsh Church from Conquest to Reformation (rev. edn; Cardiff, 1976) pp. 35-46

Web links (open in new window)

Thompson, Benjamin, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - John Pecham (View website) (Subscription reqd.)