Thomas Godwin was both born and died in Wokingham in Berkshire. He was appointed Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1584. He was much in favour with Queen Elizabeth I as a preacher. He died on 19 November 1590 and is buried under the chancel of the parish church of All Saints' Church, Wokingham. He was the father of Francis Godwin, Bishop of Llandaff and of Hereford.