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DEAN, eccl. law. An ecclesiastical officer, who derives his name from the fact that he presides over ten canons, or, prebondaries, at least. There are several kinds of deans, namely: 1. Deans of chapters. 2. Deans of peculiars. 3. Rural deans. 4. Deans in the colleges. 5. Honorary deans. 6. Deans of provinces.

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This was attended by the current Bishop of Whitby, the Rt Rev Martin Warner; the Venerable Paul Ferguson, Archdeacon of Cleveland; the Rural Dean of Guisborough, the Rev John Weetman; and many other local clergy.
The Vicar of Mirfield and his wife have achieved the rare feat of both becoming rural deans.
100 YEARS AGO: In a circular letter to the rural Deans of his diocese the Bishop of London states that after the decision of the Archbishop it becomes the duty of the clergy to abandon the ceremonial use of incense and the use of lights carried about during service.

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