Guests enjoy open house at newly refurbished deanery

OPEN HOUSE: Guests enjoy refreshments in the front room of the newly refurbished deanery in Albany Road in Peel on Saturday

OPEN HOUSE: Guests enjoy refreshments in the front room of the newly refurbished deanery in Albany Road in Peel on Saturday

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MEMBERS of the public were treated to a look through the keyhole of the new deanery in Peel.

People had a look inside and out at the newly refurbished property in Albany Road in Peel on Saturday.

The deanery, which is situated next door to the Cathedral grounds, has now been completed and members of the public had an opportunity to have a look around the house.

Very Reverend Nigel Godfrey was installed as the new dean for St German’s Cathedral in Peel in October last year.

The Albany Road building, which was the old vicarage, was gutted and work was carried out to make it the new deanery for St German’s Cathedral, where Mr Godfrey will live.

The work involved demolishing the old garage, which had been affected by subsidence, together with the coal house and scullery, and replacing it with modern facilities associated with a modern deanery.

The existing block of the main house that remains has been updated, including rewiring, replumbing, reroofing and adding some en-suite facilities.

The house will be a working house for Mr Godfrey and his staff. It will also offer space for temporary staff such as gap year students, those exploring priestly vocations and clergy undertaking sabbaticals.

Refreshments were served to guests during the open house.

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