Henry de Candole

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Henry Handley Vully de Candole (HHVdeC) was Bishop of Knaresborough from 1949 to 1965. He was born on 25 May 1895 into a clerical family[1] - his father was the Ven. Henry Lawe Corry Vully de Candole, whose two brothers, Armar Corry Vully de Candole (born 13 June 1869; died 1941; married 19 December 1897 in Paris to Edith Hodgson) and the Rev. James Alexander Corry Vully de Candole (born 25 May 1871 in Kensington; died 3 May 1917 at Ipswich; married Mary Paterson (born 8 August 1876) on 8 August 1900 at Motherwell, Scotland) were also churchmen. HHVdeC's grandfather was Henry Sundius Vully de Candole (born 25 June 1841 at Bierlow, Yorks; died May 1877 at Barton Regis, Glocs) and his grandmother was Emily Roe Lawe (born in India in 1843; died in London in March 1899).

His only sibling was Alexander Corry de Candole, the "War Poet" (born 26 January 1897 at Cheltenham, k.i.a. Bonningues, 3 September 1918) see "A Deep Cry"

HHVdeC was educated at Marlborough College and King’s College, Cambridge.[2] In 1920 he studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge before returning to his old school as Assistant Chaplain. From 1920 until 1926 he was Resident Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, followed by a curacy in Newcastle upon Tyne.[3] After two years as Chaplain at Peterhouse, Cambridge de Candole served in a variety of posts within the Diocese of Chichester between 1937[4] and 1949.[5][6] He took charge of Wiston Church, Sussex in 1939-40, while the rector was absent on Army service and was Vicar of Henfield from 1940 -49.[7] In 1949 he was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough where he combined pastoral duties with service to the “Parish and People” movement.[8] A prolific author[9] and passionate Liturgist[10] he died on 16 June 1971.[11] He bequeathed his considerable diaries[12] to the nation. They are currently held at Lambeth Palace Library, and a distillation of these has been published.[13]


  1. ^ Father conducts Church Missionary Society Service cited in The Times, Monday, 24 February 1919; p. 6; Issue 42032; col C
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Latterly as vicar-“Who was Who” (Ibid)
  4. ^ In which year he married Frances Cornwall, daughter of the Archdeacon of Cheltenham
  5. ^ Liturgical Missioner appointed to Chichester cited in The Times, Friday, 26 January 1940; p. 11; Issue 48523; col D Ecclesiastical News
  6. ^ Prebendary of Bracklesham announced The Times, Wednesday, 17 January 1945; p. 7; Issue 50043; col C Ecclesiastical News
  7. ^ Unpublished letters of Henry de Candole held at Sussex Archaeological Society Library, Lewes, regarding the windows of Wiston church.
  8. ^ "Mission and communication: the report of the 1963 Conference of parish and people on The mission of the people of God" Paton D.M(Ed): London, SPCK, 1963
  9. ^ "The Church's Offering, 1935; The Sacraments and the Church, 1935; The Church's Prayers, 1939; The Story of Henfield", 1947; "Lent with the Church", 1952; "The Christian Use of the Psalms", 1955
  10. ^ Contributions to the Liturgical Movement cited in The Times, Friday, 25 June 1971; p. 17; Issue 58208; col G
  11. ^ Obituary cited in The Times, Thursday, 17 June 1971; pg. 17; Issue 58201; col G
  12. ^ 22 volumes
  13. ^ ”Bishop Henry de Candole, his life and times” Jagger,P.J: Leighton Buzzard, Faith Press,1975 ISBN 0-7164-0395-1
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bateman-Champain
Bishop of Knaresborough
1949 – 1965
Succeeded by
John Howard Cruse