Tom Wright or the Prince Bishop of Durham
Only in England, surely, could such eccentricity survive! New Testament scholar and Anglican Bishop Tom Wright is apparently campaigning to retain a 12th century (AD) castle as his home. (At least according to the [London] Telegraph
With 90 rooms - apparently not even counting the private chapel (I wonder if they counted the dunny?) - and handy battlements. The gothic monument must surely be just a tad on the large side for a 21st century pastor and scholar!
Of course in history the Prince Bishops of Durham needed the space to house their private armies. And the battlements to keep at bay the angry Scots, whose homes they often destroyed during the ongoing border wars.
Tom Wright says:
"Every time the Church destroys one if its deep-rooted symbols, it is conniving at that ... That is why it is wrong, not just sad."
Frankly Tom, that kind of symbol the Church of the Crucified Carpenter can do without.
[PS, I am sorry, that should read "My Lord Thomas", I think, but I was never taught how rightly to address a Prince Bishop!