Thursday, 11 July 2013

Glebe and Chancel Repair Liability

There are lots of rumours that go around around about Glebe and Chancel Repair Liability most of which are wrong. Glebe comes in at least four differing forms most of which it can be assumed do not carry liability and listed below I have put them in order of likelihood of being found

1 Vicarage Glebe


Land owned by the Vicar or land obtained by the vicar in exchange for surrendering the small tithes in a parish. This type of Glebe never had the liability.

2 Rectory Glebe 


Land owned by the Clerical Rector or land given to the Rector in exchange for surrendering the Greater or Rectory tithes in a parish. This type of Glebe had the liability but lost it in 1923 on the Ecclesiastical Dilapidations Measure.


3 'Lay held' Glebe


On rare occasions land is called glebe by an enclosure award when it is given to a lay person in exchange for the greater tithes and Aston Cantlow is one such occasion. It is also called Tithe land or as I call it 'land in lieu of tithe' This land does bear the liability and generally came into existence before 1830 and the enclosure award will make that clear.

4 Impropriated Glebe


This land was part of the rectory prior to the reformation (1539) and was given over to lay people or other organisations and this almost certainly carries the liability. It is hard to locate since it would need to be marked on a tithe or enclosure map and I have come across this on one tithe map but there was no name on the ground to suggest it was impropriated glebe.


Glebe farm, Glebe house etc


A place with Glebe as part of it's name  is less likely to have Chancel repair liability than neighbouring areas  since it has probably been owned by the Incumbent of the parish in the  recent past and hence it has either never had the liability or it was removed in 1923. Glebe owned by a lay person which carries the liability is far less likely to have the name glebe but there is always the exception and Aston Cantlow is one of those.

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