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Date for bishop palace meeting

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 18, 2014

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A date has been set for the public meeting at which a church commissioner will listen to concerns over the decision to find a new home for the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

Some church-goers and senior clergy and officials are dismayed by the decision to end the 800-year tradition of the bishop living in the moated palace at Wells. Alternative accommodation is rumoured to be likely to cost £700,000.

Wells MP Tessa Munt asked church commissioner Sir Tony Baldry to attend the meeting which will be held at Wells Museum next Saturday between noon and 1.30pm.

Much of the palace and gardens are open to the public and in recent years the bishop has lived in a modest apartment within it. The commissioners announced last December that they want to find a house near Wells for the new bishop, so that he can have more privacy.

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