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John of Hessle, abbot of Fountains (1211-1220), bishop of Ely (1220-1225)

John of Hessle, the second of the ‘three abbot Johns’, continued the building work begun by his predecessor. It was during his abbacy that responsibility for Lyse Kloster in Norway was transferred from Fountains to Alvastra, in Sweden.
John was promoted to the bishopric of Ely, where he died and was buried. His skeleton was recovered in 1770, when the cathedral choir was repaved. The skeleton was in episcopal garb, with an oak pastoral staff, gilt and painted, and a ring, which was removed.(1)