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The Bishop of Lindsey was a prelate who administered an Anglo-Saxon diocese between the 7th and 11th centuries. The episcopal title took its name after the ancient Kingdom of Lindsey.



The diocese of Lindsey (Lindine) was established when the large Diocese of Mercia was divided in the late 7th century into the bishoprics of Lichfield and Leicester (for Mercia itself), Worcester (for the Hwicce), Hereford (for the Magonsæte), and Lindsey (for the Lindisfaras).[1]

The bishop's seat at Sidnacester (Syddensis) has been placed, by various commentators, at Caistor, Louth, Horncastle and, most often, at Stow, all in present-day Lincolnshire, England.[2] The location remains unknown.[3] More recently Lincoln has been suggested as a possible site.[2]

After an interruption by the Danish Viking invasions and establishment of the Danelaw in the 9th century, the see of Lindsey was resumed in the mid-10th century until it was united with the bishopric of Dorchester in the early 11th century.

List of bishopsEdit

Bishops of Lindsey
From Until Incumbent Notes
678 c. 679 Eadhæd Expelled, and became Bishop of Ripon; also known as Eadhedus, Eadheath or Eadhaed
c. 680 ? 692 Æthelwine Possibly died in 692; also known as Ethelwine or Elwin
? 693 c.716/731 Edgar Possibly became bishop in 693; died sometime 716 and 731; also known as Eadgar
c.716/731 731 Cyneberht Became bishop sometime between 716 and 731; also known as Embercus or Kinebertus
733 750 Alwig Also known as Alwigh
750 765 Ealdwulf Also known as Aldwulf or Eadulphus
c.765/767 796 Ceolwulf Also known as Ceolulfus
796 c.836/839 Eadwulf Consecrated in 796; died sometime between 836 and 839
c.836/839 c.862/866
(or later)
c.862/866 c.866/869 Eadbald
c.866/869 after 875 Burgheard or Eadberht
after 875 before 953 During this period, the episcopal succession was interrupted by the Danish Viking invasions
before 953 c.971/975 Leofwine Also became Bishop of Dorchester in 971; died between 971 and 975
before 996 after 1004 Sigeferth
before 1009 after 1011 (? Ælfstan) Possibly was bishop
By the early 11th century, the see of Lindsey had been merged with that of Dorchester
Source(s): [1][4]


  1. ^ a b Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 218–219. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  2. ^ a b Paul Jeffery (31 March 2012). England's Other Cathedrals. History Press Limited. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-7524-9035-9.
  3. ^ Michael Lapidge; John Blair; Simon Keynes; Donald Scragg (2 October 2013). The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England. John Wiley & Sons. p. 294. ISBN 978-1-118-31609-2.
  4. ^ Episcopal succession: Lindsey Archived 2008-12-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 1 January 2010.

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