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Godwin was a school master and licensed medical practitioner and when Elizabeth I became Queen, he was admitted to Holy Orders. He was Dean of Canterbury prior to becoming Bishop of Bath and Wells. With Godwin's ascent the City of Wells received its Great Charter of Incorporation from the Crown, creating it a borough in its own right, independent of the Bishops. His son Francis was Bishop of Llandaff, and Bishop of Hereford and was a renowned Ecclesiastical Historian.
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
oil on canvas
H 100 x W 76 cm