Sir, — In your news item “New Lincoln Bishop will downsize” (8 July), you quote the so-called “chief executive” of Lincoln diocese as saying of the present Bishop’s House: “whoever buys it will need to spend a considerable amount of money, because it is literally falling apart.”
That astounding remark neatly summarises the attitude of diocesan bureaucrats up and down the country to their heritage. It is almost as though they take pride in their chronic failure to keep their wonderful buildings properly maintained. It is an absolute insult to all those caring charities, communities, and individuals who dedicate so much time and effort to conservation.
Just as in the case of Devizes Rectory, that fine house in the best street in the town recently sold for a derisory sum, denying the Church its true value, the private purchaser who buys the Bishop’s House as a trophy home, or the property speculator who buys it for commercial gain, will laugh at a Church so out of touch, and so willing to portray itself in such an unflattering light.
Director, Save Our Parsonages
Flat Z, 12-18 Bloomsbury Street
London WC1B 3QA