Leeds Churches Act 1901

Publication Date:January 01, 1901


Leeds Churches Act 1901

(1 Edw. 7) c. cxc

An Act to authorise the sale of certain churches vicarage houses and schools in the city of Leeds and the application of the proceeds of sale to church purposes within the said city to provide for the alteration of ecclesiastical parishes or districts in the said city and for other purposes

[9th August 1901]

[l E1)rn. 7.1 Leeds Clawches Act, 1901. [Ch. cxc.] CHAPTER cxc. An Act to authorise the sale of certain churches vicarage A.D. - 1901. houses aid schools in the city of Leeds and the applica- tion of the proceeds of sale to churc'r purposes within the said city to provide for the alteration of ecclesiastical parishes or districts in the said city and for other purposes. [9th August 1901.1 3 ItEAS it liaviag been represented to the Lord Bishop of and readjustment of the boundaries of the parishes in the city of Leeds in the said diocese and that owing to the changz of population some of the churches may be no longer needed for the spiritual good of the people while other districts in which the population has grown are in need of churches and that it is desiyahle that some of the said churches should be removed to nieet the needs of the population He the said Lord Bishop did by a commission under his hand and episcopal seal dated the tenth day of November ore thousand eight hundred and ninety-nine authorise and commission the Right Reverend John James Bishop of Richmond Arthur Thornhill Waugh Edgar Charles Sumner Gibson Frederick George Hume Smith Frederick John Wood John Thompson archibald Ean Campbell Neville Egerton Leigh John Charles Wright William Lawies Jackson Thomas Walter Harding Frederick Horatio Barr Arthur Tredgold Lawson Walter Dawson Hollis Alvbrose Edmund Butler James Edmund Maude Robert Armitage Charles Letch Mason and James Buchanan Seaton to inquire into the said needs and spiritual requirements of the city of Leeds and requested them to report to him on these or any other kindred matters affecting the spiritual welfare of the said city so far as it concerns the building of new churches the removal of unnecessary ones and the rearrangement of parishes and whether by any means and WHC the diocese of Ripon that there is need for the reconsideration [Pvice Is. 6d.l A 1 A.D. 1901, if so bp what iiieam the resources of tlic church ma7 bo iiincle more atvaild.de for the altered condition of the population : And whcreas the comnzissioners in thc month of September oiw thousand nine hundred unanimously reported to the said Lord 13ishop (among other thinp) that the removal of a large iiuiiiber o the population from tiic centre to tlic outskirts of !lie city renders necessary the redistribution of tlie existin? resources of the chi~rch so as to be more available for the good of the people and that in smie cases existing cliurclies and parishes should be removed aitogether and the'r endowments and any iiioiiey acquired from the sale of property transferred to other parts of the city while in othei' cases two existing parishes should be merged iuta oue and the endownients used for tlie ~oocl of the whole districts : Ancl mb erem the coniiiiissioners reconimeiicled that steps should be takeii as soon as possible to obtain the requisite parlinmentary powers for effecting the chan~es proposed by them and that a trust should be formed to carry out the Act conferring such powers and to adniinister the funds accruing thereby : And whereas the conimisskners further reconimeiidetl in particular- (i) That having regard to the decline o population in the parish of Saint Paul it is desirable that the said parish be meryecl in the parish of Holy Trinity and that the church or chqpel of Saint Paul be pulled down and the site sold aiid that a new parish be formed out of the paiaish of Saint Luke (Beeston Hill) to which the endowment of Saint Paul shall be trans- ferred and that a new church be built on land at Beeston Hill already acquired ad that the day schools of Saint Paul be either sold or transferred to the parish of Holy Trinity ; (ii) That having regard to the decline of population in thc parish of Saint Philip it is desirable that the said parish be mergecl in the parish of Saint George and that the church of Saint Philip be pulled down and the site sold together with the vicarage house and schools ; (iii) That having regard to the large Jewish population in the p:irishes of Saint Luke Sheepscar and Saint Thomas Leylands it is desirable that the two parishes be united by the name of the parish of Saint Thomas and Saint Luke and that the trustees under this Act be empowered to sell if they tllinli fit either CP both of the schools of Saint Thomas and Saint Luke ancl that the present cliuroh of Saint Thomas be constituted tlic parish chiirch and Saint Luke's vicarage bc constituted tllc vicarage of the united parish ; I- 2 il Enw. 7.1 Leeds C% wches Act, 1901. [Ch. cxc.] (iv) That liaviiig rcpd to tlic respective situations and polda- ticiis of the parishes of Saint John the Evnngclist (Little Holbcck) ancl 9aint Barnabas Brewery Filsld it is rlzsirabie that the parish of Saint Joliii the 13vangclist an4 tlic parish of Saint Barnabas be united 1-1s' tlie J~ZLI~C of tlic pnriGli of Sailit Johli the Evangelist and Saint Barnabas ; (T-) 'I'hat for the i*casons statcd in tlie rcport tlic boiiiic!ariccl of tlie parish of Saint StepE:en should be extciicled $0 as to take in part of the imish of Saint Agnes B~irmantofts ant1 that the clinrch of Snint Stephen should be pulled dona ancl a ncm cllurch built on a site poi-ided already bg- the Leeds Church Extension Society ; (vi) That having regard to the positions of the church 2nd vicaiage of the parish of Saint Edmund it is desirable that the parish be merged in the parish of Saint Peter Lecds and tliat the eadowment of Saint Ediiiund be applied towards the endowment of a new parish to be formed out of one or inor3 of the parishes of Saint Joliii the Evangelist Jtoor Allertoiz Roundliay ancl Chapeltown and to be c~lled the parish of Saint Edmund and that the Trustees under this Act be empowered to sell or to utilise foy church purposes lllc 1-iearage house of Saint Edmund the church of Saint Edmuncl being retained as a mision church for the parish of Saint Peter Leeds : And whereas tile aforcsaid church ar chapel of Saint Paul in Leeds was erected by one Miles Atkiiison uncler the powers of an 2lct of the session of Parlianient holden in the year one thoasand seven hundred and ninety in the thirty-second year of tlie reign of King George the Third chapter eighty-nine intituled " An Act for building a r.em church 01' cllapel in tile t m-n of '' Leeds in the West Riding of the county of York " : And whereas the said Act enacted that the said church or chapel and the pews seats nncl vaults tliereunto heloiigiiig should be vrstecl in the said Miles Atkinson and his successors ministers of the said church or chapel with power for the said Miles Atkinsou his heirs and assigns to sell let 01' dis1 ow of' tlic said pm-s and seats subject nevertheless to the payment of a yearly salary OC not less than one liundrecl pounds to tlic iiiiiiister of thc said church or chapel for the time being mliicli salary Fhould be a pcqxtrral rentcharge secured on the said l7ew ,znd seats so clisposed of aiid it was further enacted that tl~c said church or cllapel slioulcl be kept - iu repair liy tlic owiiers aiid occnpiers of the saitl peiys ancl se2ts and that rates should be kom tiine to time niacle on tliciii for that p~rpose : A.1). 1201. - c) n 2 1) [Ch. cxc.] I;ceds Clb7Cl*CllCS Bcf, 1901. [l Ennr. 7.1 A.na 1901. And whereas by the said Act the patronage of the said cliuidi or chapel is vestecl in tlie vicar of Leeds : And whereas the vaults belonging to the said church have lonq siuce been closed ancl burials can 110 longer take place therein :. And n-hereas in consequence of the passing of this Act tlie said Act will become unnecessary and it is expedient to repeal tlie same : And whereas it is expedient to constitute a body of Trustees and to coufer on them such powers and otherwise to provide as in this Act inentioiied for giving effect to the recommendations of the coiniiiissioiiers appointed by the Lord Bishop of Ripon as aforesaid : And whereas the Right, Reverend the Lord Bishop of Ripon is patron of the incumbencies of the churches of Saint Agnes and Saint Eclmund and is patron alternately with the Crown of tlie iiicuiiikencies of tlie cllurches of Saint Philip and Saiut Barnabns and has consented to the provisions of this Act : And whereas t'he vicar of Leeds is patron of the incumbencies of the churxhes of Saint Paul Saint Luke and Saint Thomas and Frederick Holmes Thouias Harrison Charles Ryder Robert Armitape and George March are the patrons of the incunibency of the church of Saint Stephen and Victor Alexander Ernest Marshall is the patron of Saint John the Evangelist (Little Holheck) and the said vicar of Leeds and the said Frederick Holmes Thomas Harrison Charles Ryder Robert Armitage and George March and the said Victor Alexander Ernest Marshall have respectively consented to the provisions of this Act : And whereas the several incumbents affected by tlie Bill for this Act have consented thereto : And whereas tlie objects of this Act cannot be attained without the authority of Parliament : May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted and be it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by the authority of the same as follows (that is to say) :-- - Short title. Interpre- tation. PRELIMINARY. 1. This Act may be cited as the Leeds Churches Act 1901. 2, In this Act unless the context otherwise Tequires- `6 The old churches" means the churches of Saint Paul Saint Philip and Saint Stephen Burmantofts in the city of Leeds ; 4 Leeds Chzwches Act, 1901. [Ch. CXC.] " The general Acts " means...

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