Gardiner, George (1535 -1589)
George Gardiner, Dean of Norwich, was the son of George Gardiner, of Berwick on Tweed. A Pensioner of Christ's College, Cambridge, where he matriculated at Michaelmas 1552, he took his B.A. in 1555, his M.A. in 1558, and became a Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge in 1557. He took orders in 1558, and was Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich from 1558 1579. He was deprived of his Fellowship 6 August 1561 by reason of his continual absence from Cambridge. A fanatical Puritan, the Earl of Leicester was his firm friend. In or about 1562, he became a minor canon of Norwich Cathedral, was promoted prebendary in 1565, and was Rector of West Stow in Suffolk 1566 1572. In 1570 he was one of the group who entered the choir of Norwich Cathedral and among other outrages broke down the organ. Rector of St Martin Outwich in London 1572 1574, of St Michael, Bassishaw 1572, in 1573, he pointed out to Leicester that the Archdeaconry of Norwich had lapsed to the crown because of a lawsuit between two candidates, and obtained the appointment from the Queen. Bishop Parkhurst, who had supported one of the ousted candidates, refused to recognize him as Archdeacon. The Queen then appointed him to the Deanery which was also vacant. In the same year he was appointed Chaplain to the Queen, and spent a good deal of time at the Court.