Walter Curle
Bishop of Winchester
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Winchester
Elected16 November 1632
Term ended1646 (See abolished)
PredecessorRichard Neile
SuccessorBrian Duppa
Other post(s)Bishop of Rochester
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Personal details
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge

Walter Curle (or Curll; 1575 – 1647) was an English bishop, a close supporter of William Laud.[1] Born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, he was educated at St Albans School and at Christ's College, Cambridge (matriculated c. 1592), transferring to Peterhouse (BA c. 1595; MA in 1598), of which college he later was elected Fellow.[2][3]

He was bishop of Winchester from 1632 to 1646. When in 1645 Parliamentary forces under Oliver Cromwell captured Winchester, he went into exile at Soberton.[4] He was deprived of his See by Parliament on 9 October 1646, as episcopacy was abolished for the duration of the Commonwealth and the Protectorate.[5][6]

He was bishop of Rochester in 1628,[7] and bishop of Bath and Wells from 1629 to 1632. His translation caused the vacancy as Rector of Bemerton that gave the poet George Herbert a living there.[8][9] He was Dean of Lichfield 1622 to 1628.[10] Curll's son Walter Curll was created a baronet in 1678 (see Curll baronets).


  1. ^ The Project Gutenberg eBook of Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester, by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
  2. ^ "Curle, Walter (CRL592W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Peterhouse - Architectural Tour (Burrough's Building First Floor)
  4. ^ Soberton
  5. ^ Plant, David (2002). "Episcopalians". BCW Project. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  6. ^ King, Peter (July 1968). "The Episcopate during the Civil Wars, 1642–1649". The English Historical Review. Oxford University Press. 83 (328): 523–537. doi:10.1093/ehr/lxxxiii.cccxxviii.523. JSTOR 564164.
  7. ^ [1], [2]
  8. ^ Past Clergy of Bemerton
  9. ^ Life Of Mr. George Herbert by Izaak Walton: Part IV - Illness And Recovery - Marriage - Bemerton
  10. ^ Deans of Lichfield | British History Online
Church of England titles Preceded byJohn Buckeridge Bishop of Rochester 1628–1629 Succeeded byJohn Bowle Preceded byLeonard Mawe Bishop of Bath and Wells 1629–1632 Succeeded byWilliam Piers Preceded byRichard Neile Bishop of Winchester 1632–1646 VacantCommonwealthTitle next held byBrian Duppa