Hugo de Waal

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Hugo de Waal
Bishop of Thetford
Diocese Diocese of Norwich
In office 1992–2000 (retired)
Predecessor Timothy Dudley-Smith
Successor David Atkinson
Other posts Honorary assistant bishop in Europe (2002–2007)
Principal, Ridley Hall, Cambridge (1978–1991)
Ordination 1960 (deacon); 1961 (priest)
Consecration 1992
Personal details
Born (1935-03-16)16 March 1935
Jember Regency, Indonesia
Died 6 January 2007(2007-01-06) (aged 71)
Bury St Edmunds, UK
Denomination Anglican
Parents Bernard & Albertine
Spouse Brigit Massingberd–Mundy (m. 1960)
Children 1 son; 3 daughters
Alma mater Pembroke College, Cambridge

Hugo Ferdinand de Waal (16 March 1935 – 6 January 2007[1]) was Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge from 1978 to 1991 and the suffragan Bishop of Thetford from 1992 until 2000.[2]

He was born at Jember on East Java and educated at Tonbridge School and Pembroke College, Cambridge [3] before embarking on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at St Martin in the Bull Ring[4] after which he was Chaplain at his old college then Rector of Dry Drayton. Following this he was Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Blackpool[5] and then (his final appointment before elevation to the Episcopate) Principal of Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge (1978–91).

In retirement he continued to serve the Church as an honorary assistant bishop within the Diocese in Europe until his death.


  1. ^ "The Right Rev Hugo de Waal". The Independent. London. 8 January 2007. 
  2. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  3. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  4. ^ St Martin in the Bull Ring Church web site
  5. ^ Crockford's clerical directory, 1995” (Lambeth,Church House ISBN 0-7151-8088-6)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Timothy Dudley-Smith
Bishop of Thetford
Succeeded by
David Atkinson