Sunday, 15 January 2012

Is 'green’ Bishop of London now a commuter?

The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has bought a house 100 miles outside the capital for almost £500,000. 


Having offered to erect a permanent memorial in honour of the Left-wing agitators camped outside St Paul’s cathedral, the Bishop of London has quietly moved out of the capital.

Mandrake can disclose that the Rt Rev Richard Chartres has paid almost £500,000 for a picturesque, 500-year-old house 100 miles away, in Wilton, Wiltshire.

“I hope he does not bring the tent people from St Paul’s down here,” says Phil Matthews, a Wilton town councillor.

Bishop Chartres, a good friend of the Prince of Wales, is unavailable to comment on whether he plans to commute daily. He is an outspoken advocate of “green” issues who renounced air travel for a year in 2006 after suggesting that flying to go on holiday was sinful. “I’m regarded as a sort of episcopal Swampy,” he said later.

The bishop has already been spotted at his new parish church, St Mary’s and St Nicholas, attending a service conducted by a woman curate, the Rev Jules Barnes.


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