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Henson, Herbert Hensley (1863–1947), bishop of Durham, was born in London on 8 November 1863, the son of Thomas Henson (1812–1896), a businessman, and his second wife, Martha Fear (d. 1870). When Henson was two the family moved to Broadstairs.

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Latimer, Hugh (c. 1485–1555), bishop of Worcester, preacher, and protestant martyr, was born at Thurcaston, a village north of Leicester. Most accounts of his life mention the passage in a court sermon of 1549 referring to his parents and their hard-won prosperity: 'My father was a yeoman, and had no lands of his own, only he had a farm of ...

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Ridley, Nicholas (c. 1502–1555), bishop of London and protestant martyr, was born only a short distance away from Hadrian's Wall, near Willimontswick, to a Northumberland gentry family whose members were prominent in the life of the church, both before and during the Reformation. His father was ...

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Still, John (c. 1544–1608), bishop of Bath and Wells, was the second son of William Still of Grantham, Lincolnshire. Little is known of his early years. Sir John Harington, who knew Still from his student days in Cambridge, relates that his breeding was 'from his childhood in good literature and partly in musicke, which was counted in those days a preparative to divinity' (...