What is a Prebendary?

An honorary role at Wells Cathedral

What is a Prebendary?

Since the announcement that I have been invited to be a prebendary of Wells Cathedral I have been asked a number of questions.

So here is some information – and we start with its historic role.

A prebendary is a senior member of clergy, normally supported by the revenues from an estate or parish. The holder of the post is connected to a Cathedral. The position is a type of canon who has a role in the administration of a cathedral. When attending cathedral services, prebendaries sit in particular seats, usually at the back of the choir stalls, known as prebendal stalls.

Being a prebendary is an honorary role. I will be asked to attend Chapter meetings which are a kind of PCC for Cathedrals. Being a prebendary does not affect my ministry as the incumbent of Burnham on Sea.

I may, on occasion, be asked to preach at Evensong or some other occasion. I may be invited to special occasions in the life of the diocese and cathedral.

I will be assigned a Prebendal stall in due course.

I will be installed as a prebendary at evensong on 8th May this year at 5.15. You are welcome to attend.


Fr. Graham