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Wells Bishop's Palace committee to decide on fate of bishop's Somerset home

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 01, 2014

The Bishop's Palace in Wells is at the centre of a massive row after Church Commissioners decided the new Bishop of Bath and Wells would not live in the historic site

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The Archbishops' Council has appointed a committee to hear an objection raised by the Bishop's Council of the Diocese of Bath and Wells to a Church Commissioners' decision to move the residence of the diocesan bishop.

The committee will meet at the Palace in Wells from April 28-29. It will consider the grounds of objection, and all relevant circumstances, to the Church Commissioners' decision to move the bishop's residence from the Palace in Wells to The Old Rectory in Croscombe.

It is for the Commissioners to satisfy the committee that the objection should not be upheld. If it fails to do so then the move will not go ahead.

The committee members are all members of the Archbishops' Council: Mrs Mary Chapman (chair), Mr Philip Fletcher and the Ven Cherry Vann.

The committee will visit both the Palace and the proposed new house in Croscombe and hear evidence from the Bishop's Council and the Church Commissioners.

Both parties may call witnesses. It has also invited the new Bishop of Bath and Wells, Rt Rev Peter Hancock, the Chapter of Wells Cathedral and the Palace Trust to make representations. The meeting will not be open to the public.

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  • StanStill  |  April 01 2014, 5:15PM

    Is the new Bishop too posh to live at the Palace. He could solve the problem by agreeing to stay in the Palace, instead of having to spend a fortune on a new house upgrade.