Thomas Brunce
Bishop of Norwich
Appointed19 September 1437
Term ended6 December 1445
PredecessorWilliam Alnwick
SuccessorWalter Hart
Other post(s)Bishop of Rochester (1435–1437)
Bishop of Worcester-elect (1433)
Dean of Salisbury (1431–1435)
Bishop of Chichester-elect (1429)
Consecration1 May 1435
Personal details
Bornc. 1388
Died6 December 1445
Hoxne, Suffolk
DenominationRoman Catholic
ParentsWilliam Brunce
Alma materOxford University (possibly New College)

Thomas Brunce[a] (c. 1388 – 6 December 1445) was a 15th-century Bishop of Rochester and then Bishop of Norwich.


Brunce was the son of William Brunce of Brunce's Court in Sutton Courtenay in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). He studied at Oxford, possibly at New College, where he became friends with Thomas Beckington (later Bishop of Bath and Wells).

Brunce entered the Church and held a number of posts in Lincolnshire, being collated Archdeacon of Stow in 1419.[citation needed] He also undertook diplomatic missions on the Continent for King Henry V.[1] In 1427 he was collated Archdeacon of Berkshire[citation needed] and in 1429 was elected Bishop of Chichester, although the latter position was given to Simon Sydenham instead.[2] He was Dean of Salisbury (since 1431) when, Pope Eugene IV wanted to make him Bishop of Worcester on 24 September 1433,[3] but King Henry VI of England had other ideas and he was made Bishop of Rochester instead on 21 February 1435.[4]

Brunce was consecrated on 1 May 1435.[4] On 19 September 1437, he was transferred to the see of Norwich,[5] where he is remembered for upholding the rights of the Cathedral over the townsfolk and for erecting the great rood loft.[1] He died on 6 December 1445[5] at the Episcopal manor of Hoxne in Suffolk.

Executors of Thomas Brouns, former bishop of Norwich, are listed in 1460 as litigants in the Court of Common Pleas. [6]


  1. ^ Sometimes Brouns, or incorrectly Brown


  1. ^ a b Ford, David Nash. "Thomas Brunce". Royal Berkshire History. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 279
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 268
  5. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 262
  6. ^; 4th entry, the names start at the end of line 6, as plaintiffs


Catholic Church titles Preceded byJohn Rickingale Bishop of Chichester 1429 Succeeded bySimon Sydenham Preceded byThomas Polton Bishop of Worcester 1433–1435 Succeeded byThomas Bourchier Preceded byJohn Langdon Bishop of Rochester 1435–1437 Succeeded byWilliam Wells Preceded byWilliam Alnwick Bishop of Norwich 1437–1445 Succeeded byWalter Hart