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Walter Curll (1575–1647), Bishop of Wells (1629–1632)

Photo credit: The Bishop's Palace & Gardens

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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


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    76 x 63 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    acquired, 1827–1829


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Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD England

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