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Thomas Bitton
(died 1307)

Bishop of Exeter
Died: 21st September 1307


Thomas Bitton, a native of Gloucestershire, entered the Church and became Dean of Wales. He was consecreated Bishop of Exeter in 1292. Bitton completed the transformation of the entire choir with its aisles at Exeter Cathedral and was also otherwise active in his diocese. His tomb, before the high altar of his cathedral, was opened in 1763. The remains then discovered are preserved in the chapter-house. A grant of forty days' indulgence, by three archbishops and five bishops, dated Rome 1300, in favour of all true penitents who should avail themselves of Bishop de Bytton's spiritual ministry or offer up prayers for his prosperity whilst living or, after death, for the repose of his soul or those of his parents, is preserved among the Episcopal Archives. The seals of the Archbishops of Jerusalem and Cosenza and of the Bishop of St. Mark's in Venice are still attached to it.

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

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