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Bishop of Bath and Wells to swap Wells palace for Georgian rectory in Croscombe

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

  • The former rectory in Croscombe, Somerset. which is thought to be the preferred residence for the Bishop of Bath and Wells

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This is the £900,000 property which will become home to a newly-appointed bishop in a controversial move away from his traditional historic palace.

The Rt Rev Peter Hancock, 58, will be one of the first bishops of Bath and Wells in recent years to live outside the Bishop's Palace in Wells, Somerset, which was built in 1210.

Parts of the Grade I-listed moated property – which sits in 14 acres in the shadow of Wells Cathedral – are open to the public and church chiefs wanted somewhere with "more privacy".

So they are buying an impressive Grade II-listed Georgian former rectory – set within its own walled grounds – to be his new residence.

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The sale of the imposing Old Rectory in Croscombe, four miles outside Wells, is yet to be completed, but church commissioners have confirmed the four-bed home has been chosen for the bishop and his wife Jane.

In a statement, the Bishop's Palace in Wells said: "The decision for the next Bishop of Bath and Wells to live elsewhere in Wells was made by the Church Commissioners."

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  • Imp-Act  |  January 24 2014, 7:35PM

    ....and Jesus saideth "I do not want to live in the palace anymore so I'll use the vast amounts of cash I have to buy a nice little mansion so I do NOT have to deal with these darned sheep 24/7"! Chapter 7 letter to the chronicals from Imp-act to the biboligens! So it was written and thoe caneth bite me!

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  • knit1purl1  |  January 24 2014, 1:11PM

    If I went for a job interview and was told that the job meant living on the premises, I would either accept that stipulation or turn down the job. If Bishop Peter didn't want the responsibilities of being Bishop of Bath and Wells, which included being on the spot in the palace, he shouldn't have taken the job. This money being wasted on an unecessary property could surely have been better spent elsewhere. Shame on you, Church Commissioners, for agreeing to this.

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