Walter de la Wyle

Walter de la Wyle
Bishop of Salisbury

The tomb of Walter de la Wyle in Salisbury Cathedral
Elected 29 January 1263
Term ended January 1271
Predecessor Giles of Bridport
Successor Robert Wickhampton
Other posts Subcentor of Salisbury
Consecration 27 May 1263
Personal details
Died January 1271
Denomination Catholic

Walter de la Wyle was the Bishop of Salisbury from 1263 to 1271. He was also a subcentor of Salisbury. Walter de la Wyle's is most famous for founding the St. Edmund's College and creating a new parish of St. Edmund's to serve the growing population of Salisbury. The College was also meant to help support the growing university at Salisbury.


De la Wyle began his career as a chaplain to Robert de Bingham, which helped him get appointed as warden of a bridge over the Avon connected with St. John's Hospital. Eventually Walter de la Wyle was elected Succentor of Salisbury,[1] one of the chief officers of a cathedral chapter, with responsibility for overseeing religious ritual in cathedral worship services. This was an especially prestigious position in Salisbury since the Sarum Rite, the order of service used at Salisbury Cathedral, was quickly becoming the most popular order of service in England. It was from the office of Succentor that Walter de la Wyle was elevated to the office of bishop on 29 January 1263 as the successor to Bishop Giles of Bridport. He was consecrated on 27 May 1263.[2]

De la Wyle died on 3 January or 4 January 1271.[2]


  1. British History Online Bishops of Salisbury accessed on 30 October 2007
  2. 1 2 Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 270


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Giles of Bridport
Bishop of Salisbury
Succeeded by
Robert Wickhampton
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