Sylvester was the Prior of Guisborough in 1534 and the Suffragan Bishop of Hull1538. He was also adviser to King Henry VIII and an important figure in the church, surviving the changes in the reformation. In 1563 Robert obtained letters of consent from Queen Elizabeth I to establish a Grammar School in his home village of Tideswell in Derbyshire. It is at Tideswell that he was buried in 1579.
Alas, many of the church records were destroyed during the English Civil war and those of Bishop Pursgloves birth, death and a 60 year time thereafter are not to be found.
Tideswell is an interesting place to visit.