Church Property

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.


Acquisition and Disposal of Church and Parsonage Sites under the New Parishes Measure 1943

Those parts of the New Parishes Measure dealing with the creation of new ecclesiastical districts have been repealed and superseded by provisions in the Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 but the Measure is still commonly used in the acquisition of church property and the disposal of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 required

Application for the Commissioners' consent to the purchase of land or property for parsonage purposes

Application for the Commissioners' consent to the disposal of parsonage or grant of glebe land


Dealings with Ecclesiastical Land

Click here for the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about church property dealings produced by our Legal Office.


Care and Maintenance of Churchyards

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.

Responsible Care for Churchyards


Chancel Liabilities

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 liability.

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 Rex Andrew.