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Croscombe Rectory

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13 June 2014

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From Prebendary Christopher Tookey

Sir, - Anthony Jennings, writing on behalf of Save Our Parsonages (Letters, 6 June), may be correct in his assertion that there should be more caution in selling redundant parsonages, but the Old Rectory in Croscombe is not a good example to cite. He is correct in stating that the Church Commissioners bought it back for more than the diocese had sold it for - but the diocese had long struggled to sell it at all.

Mr Jennings has, however, been too hasty in accepting the Church Commissioners' claim that it represented an "attractive investment asset" - as, indeed, the Archbishops' Council also accepted. In fact, Croscombe Rectory has now been back on the market for several weeks. It remains to be seen how long it will take to sell it.

CHRISTOPHER TOOKEY
47 Drake Road, Wells BA5 3LE

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