John SKIPP Bishop of Hereford 1539 - 1552 (General)

by slowhands @, proud of his ancient Dean Forest roots, Sunday, March 12, 2023, 09:59 (435 days ago) @ Fisher52

The family had its origins in Norfolk, but some branches settled in Herefordshire in the sixteenth century, and one of them, John Skippe, was Bishop of Hereford 1539 - 1552. An Alice Skippe married John Willason of Sugwas and thus connected the Skippe's wife a family who acquired considerable property in Ledbury by taking leases of the portion of the overhall (the Ledbury benefices was in two portions, the Netherhall and the Overhall) and by purchasing lands which before the Dissolution had formed the endowment of Charities in Ledbury Church. The properties descended, through the death of the heir to the Willason family, to John Skippe of the Upper Hall who died in 1619. The Skippes in suceeding generations added to their inheritance by buying up further properties in Ledbury and by acquiring a share of the Ledbury Crown Lands sold by Charles I.

A previous note SKIPP on this Forum and Donnington stated :-
He never married but ensured his family were looked after with properties in Ledbury including Upper Hall, Ledbury.


Wiki entry :-


John Skypp [1] (c. 1495 – 1552) was the Bishop of Hereford from 1539 until 1552, and the almoner of Queen Anne Boleyn.

Born in Irstead, Norfolk of humble parents, Edmund and Alice Skyppe who both died in 1507, he graduated from Gonville Hall, Cambridge in 1518,[2] and later was Master of Gonville Hall. He embarked on a clerical career that saw him become Vicar of Newington, Shepway in Essex. Skip went to London to the court where he met with Boleyns and the reformers in the church. Skip was well-read and learned in the scriptures, a biblical scholar and fundamental interpretationist, he used his knowledge of the Bible to the furtherance of his own Protestant views.

Skypp was almoner to Anne Boleyn at the height of her power. On the dissolution of the monasteries, he managed to persuade Queen Anne that all proceeds should go to charity and education of the poor, a cause Anne took to Henry. It may have been a source of intense rivalry with Thomas Cromwell and a contributory factor in her downfall during a parallel with the Persian Xerxes's 'wicked minister'.[3] For courageous as Queen Anne Boleyn was, she recruited Archbishop Cranmer, another reformist, against Cromwell's aims. Henry VIII knew that he needed the repeal of Act of Succession 1534, which only parliament could have done, a fortnight later.[4]

He held the benefice as Vicar of Thaxted in Essex from 1534 to 1539.[2] He served as Archdeacon of Suffolk before elevation to the episcopate.[5]

He was buried in the churchyard of St Mary Mounthaw, a church in the City of London which was destroyed during the Great Fire of London.

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