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Lord Crewe's Charity

Lord Crewe's Charity was established under the terms of the will of Nathaniel Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham, to distribute the income from his estates in the North East of England for the benefit of necessitous clergy in the ancient Diocese of Durham.


Crewe's ecclesiastical career accelerated after he caught the attention of Charles II, becoming Clerk of the Closet. He became Rector of Lincoln College Oxford in 1668. He had a close relationship with the king's brother, the Duke of York, later James II, and officiated at his marriage while Bishop of Oxford. Through James' influence  he was elected Bishop of Durham in 1674. After James was overthrown in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, Crewe retreated to Durham until his death in 1721.

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