Inspection of Churches Measure, 1955

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citationmeasure 1955 No. 1


Inspection of Churches Measure, 1955

(3 & 4 Eliz. 2)

A MEASURE passed by the National Assembly of the Church of England.

To provide for the establishment of schemes for the inspection of churches by architects at least once in every five years; and for purposes connected therewith.

Whereas by the Constitutions and Canons Ecclesiastical of the Church of England it was provided that the churchwardens should take care to provide that churches be well and sufficiently repaired, kept and maintained, and that every archdeacon should survey the churches of his jurisdiction once in every three years in his own person or cause the same to be done:

And whereas all powers, duties and liabilities of the churchwardens relating to the care, maintenance, preservation and insurance of the fabric of the church have been transferred to and are vested in the parochial church council:

And whereas it is expedient that every church should be inspected by an architect at least once in every five years.

S-1 Diocesan Conferences to establish schemes for inspection of churches.

1 Diocesan Conferences to establish schemes for inspection of churches.

(1) As soon as may be after the passing of this Measure and in any case not later than three years thereafter the Diocesan Conference of every diocese to which this Measure applies shall establish a scheme to provide for the inspection of every church in the diocese at least once in every five years.

(2) Every scheme:—

( a ) shall provide for the establishment of a fund by means of contributions from parochial, diocesan or other sources;

( b ) shall provide for the payment out of such fund or otherwise of the cost of the inspection of churches in the diocese;

( c ) shall provide for the appointment of an architect or architects approved by the advisory committee to inspect the churches in the diocese and to make a report on every church inspected;

( d ) shall provide in the case of every church inspected for a copy of the report so made to be sent to the archdeacon of the archdeaconry and to the parochial church council of the parish, in which the church is situate; and

( e ) may contain such other provisions not inconsistent with this Measure as the Diocesan Conference shall think fit.

(3) The Diocesan Conference shall have power at any time or times to establish a further scheme taking the place of any prior scheme but so that every such further scheme shall be for the purpose specified in subsection (1) of this section and shall comply with the provisions of subsection (2) thereof.

(4) Any scheme made in pursuance of this section and passed at a meeting of the Diocesan Conference shall be signed by the Chairman of that meeting and shall come into operation as from the date on which it is so signed.

S-2 Power for archdeacon to ensure inspection of churches once in five years.

2 Power for archdeacon to ensure inspection of churches once in five years.

(1) Where the archdeacon of any archdeaconry finds at a survey of the churches of his jurisdiction or at any other time that a church in his archdeaconry has not been inspected to his satisfaction by an...

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