Walter Suffield

Walter Suffield (died 19 May 1257) was a medieval Bishop of Norwich.

Walter Suffield
Bishop of Norwich
Electedc. 9 July 1244
Term ended19 May 1257
PredecessorWilliam de Raley
SuccessorSimon Walton
Consecration26 February 1245
Personal details
Died19 May 1257
DenominationRoman Catholic


Suffield was a canonist at Paris before his election to the see of Norwich about 9 July 1244. He was consecrated on 26 February 1245.[1] He was an eloquent preacher, and showed generosity to the poor (during one famine, even selling some of his own goods in order to provide them with food).[2]

Suffield's plaque in Bishopgate, Norwich, NR1 1AA

In 1249, he founded St. Giles's Hospital in Norwich (which remains in use as the Great Hospital to this day) to provide care for the poor.[3] He died on 19 May 1257,[4] leaving bequests to both the poor and the hospital.[5]



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  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Lewin, Chris (22 June 2017). "A medieval occupational pension". The Actuary. Institute & Faculty of Actuaries. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William de Raley
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Simon Walton