A six bedroom house worth £500,000 has been bought for the new Archbishop of York to live in while his official residence is renovated.
The six-bedroom house is across the road from Bishopthorpe Palace
The Church of England said Bishopthorpe Palace needed reorganising and upgrading before the Rt Rev John Sentamu and his family could move in.
The house in Main Road is across the road from the palace and will be sold when the renovations are complete.
Work is expected to start in 2006 and last for most of the year.
Martin Sheppard from the York Diocese said it was an historic building and the work, which will include improvements to the heating and electrical systems, would take time.
"It needs to be kept up to date and that has to be done responsibly and sensitively," he said.
"While these upgrades are going on there's also the opportunity to make a better separation between the public and private areas of the palace."
Bishop Sentamu was announced as the first black archbishop in the Church of England in June.
He is currently Bishop of Birmingham, but will formally become the 97th Archbishop of York after his election is confirmed at a private ceremony in London on 5 October.
His enthronement service will take place at York Minster on 30 November.