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Curll held the Royal Appointment of Lord High Almoner to King Charles I, and was Bishop of Rochester before coming to Bath and Wells for a short time. Little is known about this time of his life. Later, as Bishop of Winchester he restored the neglected cathedral and brought order and dignity to divine worship. As a royalist, he died in penury in 1647. He was born at Hatfield in Hertfordshire. He escaped from parliamentary forces by hiding in a cart under a layer of manure.
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
oil on canvas
76 x 63 cm