Richard Beauchamp (bishop)

Richard Beauchamp (died 1481) was a medieval Bishop of Hereford and Bishop of Salisbury.

Richard Beauchamp
Bishop of Salisbury
Beauchamp's tomb in Salisbury Cathedral
Appointed14 August 1450
Term ended18 October 1481
PredecessorWilliam Ayscough
SuccessorLionel Woodville
Consecration9 February 1449
Personal details
Died18 October 1481
Previous postBishop of Hereford

Beauchamp was the son of Walter Beauchamp, Speaker of the House of Commons of England in 1416, and studied at Oxford.

After serving as Archdeacon of Suffolk from around 1441,[1] Beauchamp was nominated to the see of Hereford on 4 December 1448 and consecrated as bishop on 9 February 1449.[2]

Beauchamp was translated to the see of Salisbury on 14 August 1450[3] and in 1477 the new office of Chancellor of the Order of the Garter was granted to him and his successors.

Beauchamp died on 18 October 1481[3] and was entombed in an elaborate gothic chantry chapel outside the east end of the cathedral. When this was demolished in the 18th century his remains were taken inside the cathedral.

Richard Beauchamp and his family feature in a Channel 4 Time Team programme about Salisbury Cathedral, which was first broadcast on 8 February 2009.


  1. ^ "'Archdeacons: Suffolk', Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: volume 4: Monastic cathedrals (southern province) (1963)". pp. 32–34. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 251
  3. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 271


  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Thomas Spofford
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Reginald Boulers
Preceded by
William Ayscough
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Lionel Woodville