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Jocelin Trotman
(Died 1242)

Bishop of Bath
Bishop of Bath & Glastonbury
Died: 19th November 1242


Jocelin Trotman, also called Jocelin of Wells, became Bishop of Bath & Wells in 1206. The monks of Glastonbury agreed to resign a goodly proportion of their manors to the bishop, who, in return, abandoned his claim to their abbey. Henceforth, the bishops are known in unbroken succession as 'of Bath and Wells.' In 1208, after the promulgation of the papal interdict in consequence of King John's refusal to accept Stephen Langton as archbishop, Jocelin of Wells, like many other prelates, was compelled to leave the kingdom. He fled accordingly, in company with the Bishops of London, Ely and Worcester, who had published the interdict, and did not return until after the king's submission to Randulph in 1213. After his restoration, his chief cares were devoted to the improvement of his see and of the Cathedral of Wells, of which he shines forth as one of the greatest benefactors. He seems, in fact, to have nearly rebuilt it from the foundations and portions of the existing nave, the transepts and part of the choir are of his work. He first appointed vicars choral for the cathedral, besides creating several new pre bends, and bought the palace, afterwards known as Arundel House, in the Strand, for the use of the Bishops of Bath & Wells. The chapel attached to the palace of Wells, and restored by Bishop Bagot (died 1854), was also originally built by Bishop Jocelin, who was buried (1242) in the midst of the choir of his new cathedral. He had been thirty-seven years bishop. "God," says Fuller, "to square his great undertakings, giving him a long life to his large heart." In con-junction with Peter de Rupibus, Bishop of Winchester, Bishop Jocelin crowned King Henry III at Gloucester.

Edited from Richard John King's "Handbook to the Cathedrals of England: Southern Division" (1903).

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