These come in various categories.   Thus “rural dean” is a clergyman appointed to look after the clergy in a defined geographical area known as a deanery and also to preside, with a lay chairman, over the relevant deanery synod.  In some dioceses the rural dean is known as the “area dean”.   “Dean” tout court refers to the clergyman who is the head of a cathedral chapter and in whom the affairs of the cathedral are focussed.  Some cathedral deans are known as provosts.   But there is one more – the Dean of the Arches – but he is so different as to warrant an entry of his own.   Cathedral deans are addressed as “The Very Reverend the Dean of…”

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