Between 1214 and 1231 Grosseteste held in succession the archdeaconries of Chester, Northampton and Leicester.
Fox replied with some warmth, and Wolsey had to wait until Fox's death before he could add Winchester to his archbishopric of York and his abbey of St Albans, and thus leave Durham vacant as he hoped for the illegitimate son on whom (aged 18) he had already conferred a deanery, four archdeaconries, five prebends and a chancellorship.
The dioceses were now mapped out into several archdeaconries (archidiaconatus), which corresponded with the political divisions of the countries; and these defined spheres, in accordance with the prevailing feudal tendencies of the age, gradually came to be regarded as independent centres of jurisdiction.'
1 Archdeaconries were, indeed, sometimes treated as ordinary fiefs and were held as such by laymen.
Since 1836 there have been at least two archdeaconries in each diocese, and in some dioceses there are four archdeacons.