Let’s be honest, the more senior churchmen (bishops and above) have always known how to live well. For centuries they have enjoyed elegant surroundings. . .and have lacked for nothing.
“By 1600, a lot of the palace had been lost. “. . .What did survive, however, in Cecil hands, was a long, two-storey range that accommodated, on its first floor, the Bishop’s withdrawing chambers. These were the rooms to which he retired either with select company or to be by himself. . .” Aha, the bishop’s little nook?
What with this and Lincoln Cathedral, the Bishops of Lincoln did nothing by halves. I wonder if there was rivalry among the bishops of England, to see who could boast the grandest domain?