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William Bytton the Younger
(Died 1274)

Bishop of Bath & Wells
Died: 4th December 1274


William Bytton the Younger, nephew of the former Bishop of Bath & Wells of the same name, succeeded his uncle in 1267. In his lifetime, he enjoyed the highest reputation for sanctity of life and manners. When the Pope granted permission to Robert Kilwardby, Archbishop of Canterbury, to elect to be consecrated by any bishop he might prefer, he chose Bishop Bytton, "quod fama sanctitatis inter caeteros multum efflorebat". He continued to be reverenced after death and his tomb, which remains in the south choir-aisle of Wells Cathedral was much resorted to for the cure of toothache. This Bishop was the author of an important body of statutes for the government of the Church of Wells.

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

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