‘No choice!’ John Bishop and wife were forced to sell dream home to make room for HS2

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John Bishop made his TV return last night with the latest episode of his chat show. The star chatted with Oti Mabuse and Rob Brydon on The John Bishop Show. However, some fans may have been left wanting to know a bit more about the star’s life off-screen as well.

A few years ago, John opened up about how he had to sell his dream home.

In an unearthed article, the comedian said he was left with “no choice” after High Speed 2 planned its route alongside it.

The controversial rail plan is set to be a high-speed line between London and Wigan.

The plan is for it to link cities like Birmingham, Manchester and London by 2029 to 2033.

John sold his home, the Grade II-listed Whatcroft Hall, under the Need to Sell Scheme.

This was because the Cheshire mansion was branded “unsellable” because the high-speed line will pass within 150 metres of the property.

He reportedly sold the property for £6.8million to The Department of Transport.

However, this was thought to be a profit of more than £4million for the family based on the price they paid in 2011.

At the time, his spokesperson said he had been left with “no choice” and was “unhappy” about it.

They said: “John Bishop maintains his opposition to HS2.

“He is unhappy, like many others affected by the proximity of the proposed line, that he was left with no choice but to sell his family home to HS2.

“The proposed line had rendered it unsellable on the open market – thus destroying all he and his family had worked for.”

John had previously also been a big critic of the train line, tweeting his annoyance about it several times.

The comedian now lives on a farm with his wife Melanie.

The couple married back in 1993 and they have three sons together.

Back in May 2020, he took Chris Moyles on a tour of his farm for his radio show.

He shared how he has pigs, horses, sheep and geese on the property.

John explained how many of them are rescues, including a pot-belly pig called Milo who they got off the RSPCA.

He was quizzed by Chris about why he decided to move to a farm and look after animals.

John quipped: “I love my wife and I like sex and she likes animals.

“So she wants animals, and I go, ‘Alright!’

“And every now and again you can look after me.”

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