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Richard Kidder (1633–1703), Bishop of Bath and Wells (1691–1703)

Photo credit: The Bishop's Palace & Gardens

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Kidder became Bishop of Bath and Wells after Bishop Ken had been deprived of his Diocese. Bishop Ken opposed this appointment, and he had a very difficult relationship with the Cathedra Chapter. He was most industrious, a good orator and a prolific writer. He allowed the Quaker William Penn to preach from the window of the Crown Hotel. There was little grief locally when he and his wife were killed by a falling chimney in the north wing of the Palace during a great storm in 1703. He suffered from gout. Kidder was caused great unhapiness by Dr Claver Morris, who lived locally and wanted to marry Kidder's unwilling daughter. Bishop Kidder's monument is in the Cathedral at Wells.

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens



Richard Kidder (1633–1703), Bishop of Bath and Wells (1691–1703)


oil on canvas


H 74 x W 61 cm

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acquired, 1827–1829

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Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD England

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