The Rt Rev. John Vesey

Bishop of Exeter (1519-1551) and Bishop of Exeter (from 1553)

Died aged c. 92

John Vesey or Veysey (c. 1462 – 23 October 1554) was Bishop of Exeter from 1519 until his death in 1554, having been briefly deposed 1551–3 by King Edward VI for his opposition to the Reformation.

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This memorial and garden dedicated to the memory of John Vesey - Bishop of Exeter (Born c. 1462, died October 23rd 1554) The eldest son of William Vesey or Harman of Sutton Coldfield. So great was his love for his native place that he conferred upon it great and lasting benefits. His most distinguished service to the town was to obtain from King Henry VIII a charter of incorporation, decreeing that the inhabitants of Sutton Coldfield should choose a warden and society for the Government of the town, and the administration of the lands and profits of the manor and lordship for the benefit of the poor, absolutely and forever. This charter also decreed tha the inhabitants should have the free use of the Royal Park and chase in perpetuity, and that the title of the town should thenceforth and for ever be "The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield". Among his many benefactions, he enlarged and beautified the church and founded the Grammar School which bears his name. He built a Moot Hall and Market Place. Fifty-one stone houses for the poor and two stone bridges, paved the whole town. Repaired the fences of the park and stocked it with cattle. He served the state of foreign embassies, held many other offices. Was tutor to the Princess Mary (daughter of Henry VIII). Lord of the marches of Wales and Dean of the Chapel of the Chapel Royal of Windsor. DEXTRA DEI EXALTAVIT ME - DEXTRA DEI FECIT SALUTEM

Vesey Gardens - Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom where they named