Burnell Avenue, DA16

Place Name

After Robert Burnell (c. 1239 – October 25, 1292), Bishop of Bath & Wells, who from AD1284 was Lord of the Manor of East Wickham in the reign of Edward I. When Edward went on the Eighth Crusade in 1270, Burnell stayed in England to secure the then prince’s interests. In AD1275 he was elected Bishop of Bath and Wells, a year after Edward had appointed him Lord Chancellor. He was twice elected Archbishop of Canterbury, but his personal life, which included a long-term mistress who was rumoured to have borne him four sons, prevented his confirmation by the papacy.

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