This page provides information about the acquisition and
disposal of church and parsonage sites under the New Parishes
Measure 1943, the care and maintenance of churchyards, the
administration of our chancel liabilities and some useful links in
connection with ecclesiastical land dealings and fundraising
activities for church repairs.
Those parts of the New Parishes Measure dealing with the
creation of new ecclesiastical districts have been repealed and
superseded by provisions in the Mission and Pastoral
Measure 2011 but the Measure is still commonly used in the
acquisition of church property and the disposal of unconsecrated
church property when it is no longer needed for its original
purpose. Consecrated land has normally to be dealt with under
section 44 of the Mission and Pastoral Measure.
The notes and application forms for acquiring or disposing
of such unconsecrated property may be found below:
Acquisitions of Churches, Church Sites,
Churchyards and Burial Grounds
Disposal of sites acquired by the Commissioners
for Church, Churchyard or Burial Ground purposes, but no longer
Application for the Commissioners' consent to
the purchase of land or property for parsonage
the Commissioners' consent to the disposal of parsonage or grant of
Click here for the
answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about church
property dealings produced by our Legal Office.
We prepared the following guide in 1993 in response to the
difficulties many parishes were experiencing in making adequate
provision for the churchyards in their care.
The Commissioners have inherited a liability for the repair and
maintenance of a number of chancels throughout the country and the
Pastoral Division is responsible for administering this
Chancel liability is a civil rather than an ecclesiastical
matter and (other than where we are liable) we are unable
to identify persons or property owners who might have a liability
for the maintenance of a particular church chancel. For
further information about chancel liabilities see
Legal Records Information Leaflet No. 33.
If you have a general enquiry or comments about these web pages
please contact Fiona McKenzie.
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