Liverpool Cathedral Act 1885

Publication Date:January 01, 1885


Liverpool Cathedral Act 1885

(48 & 49 Vict.) c. li

An Act to authorise and facilitate the erection of a Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Liverpool on the site of Saint John's Church in the parish of Liverpool, and to make other provisions relative thereto; to provide for the foundation of a Dean and Chapter of Liverpool; and for other purposes.

[25th June 1885]

[48 & 49 Vict.] Liverpool Gathedral Act, 1885. [Oh. li.] CHAPTER li. An Act to authorise and facilitate the erection of a Cathedral a.d. 1885, Church for the Diocese of Liverpool on the site of Saint John's Church in the parish of Liverpool, and to make other provisions relative thereto ; to provide for the foun dation of a Dean and Chapter of Liverpool; and for other purposes. [25th June 1885.] W HEEEAS the bishopric of Liverpool has been founded under the Bishoprics Act 1878 and by an Order in Council under 41 & 42 Vict. that Act dated the twenty-fourth day of March one thousand eight c' 68* hundred and eighty the parish church of Saint Peter in Liverpool (subject to the rights of the patron and incumbent thereof) has been assigned as a cathedral church to the said bishopric: And whereas the said church of Saint Peter is by reason of its small size and the want of space about it ill adapted for a cathedral church and the reservation of rights of patron and incumbent might lead to inconvenience on the foundation of a cathedral body: And whereas in these circumstances a committee has been appointed by a public meeting of inhabitants of Liverpool to consider the question of a site for a new cathedral church : And whereas that committee (herein-after referred to as " the Cathedral Committee ") has after full and careful inquiry reported that the best available site for the purpose is the site now occupied by the church and churchyard of Saint John in the parish of Liverpool: And whereas the said church of Saint John was erected by commissioners appointed under two Acts of the second and seventh 2 G. 3. c. 68. years of the reign of King George the Third (whereof the titles are 7 ^ 3* Ct 80* set out in the First Schedule hereto) on certain lands granted by the corporation of the city of Liverpool (herein-after referred to as " the corporation") in exchange for lands belonging to the parishioners of Liverpool: And whereas in or about the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty-eight two parcels of land adjoining the east side of the [Loc&Z.-5/.] A 1 [Ch. 1L] Liverpool Cathedral Act, 1885. [48 & 49 Vict.] A.D. 1885. then existing churchyard of Saint John's church and containing together about one thousand two hundred and seventy-three square yards were granted by the corporation for the purpose of enlarging the said churchyard and were duly set apart and consecrated as part of the churchyard of the said church for ever: And whereas it is expedient to vest the said church and churchyard in the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England (herein-after referred to as " the Ecclesiastical Commissioners ") for the purpose of the erection of a cathedral church of Liverpool on the site thereof and to incorporate the Cathedral Committee and to authorise the Committee so incorporated to remove the said church of Saint John and to erect such cathedral church as aforesaid and to raise funds and to take all other necessary and proper steps for those purposes: 2 G. 3. c. 68. And whereas under the said Act of the second year of the reign bs. 33, 47. 0£ ging George the Third there is payable to the minister of the said church fifty pounds annually out of the parochial rates of the parish of Liverpool and not exceeding one hundred pounds annually out of the pew rents of the said church and any deficiency of such 4 pew rents to meet the stipends and other payments charged thereon is directed to be made good out of the parochial rates aforesaid: J. & 2 Vict. And whereas under the Act of the session of the first and second £ 9^. ss.24, years 0f the reign of Her present Majesty (whereof the title is set forth in the First Schedule hereto) the sum of twenty pounds annually is payable by the corporation out of the city or borough fund to the minister of Saint John's Church and the sum of one hundred pounds annually is payable to the curate of the said church out of the said parochial rates or out of a rate to be made for the purpose; And whereas it is expedient to provide for the commutation and extinction of the said payments and for the application of the commutation moneys in manner in this Act mentioned: And whereas under an Order in Council dated the ninth day of August one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six the sum of eighty-eight pounds is payable annually to the minister of Saint John's Church by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners out of their common fund and it is expedient that upon the cesser of the office of such minister in pursuance of this Act the said sum should be no longer payable and should cease to be paid: And whereas by a deed dated the fifteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and fifty the district whereof the boundaries are described in the Second Schedule to this Act was assigned by the Lord Bishop of Chester to the said church of Saint John : 2 [48 & 49 Vict.] Liverpool Cathedral Act, 1885. [Oh. li.] And whereas the church population of the said district is small A.D. 1,885. and the said district may be advantageously re-united to or merged ' in the parish of Liverpool out of which it was originally formed and the rector of the parish of Liverpool and the patrons of the said rectory have signified their consent thereto: And whereas the right to present to the office of minister of the church of Saint John is now vested in Mark Wilks Collet and Thomas "Whalley is the present minister thereof: And whereas ,it is expedient that the said office should cease and be extinguished and the said Mark Wilks Collet and Thomas Whalley have signified their consent thereto on such provision being made for compensation to the said Thomas Whalley as is in this Act contained: And whereas under the Bishoprics Act 1878 the Liverpool 41 & 42 Vict, Bishopric Endowment Fund is held by the Ecclesiastical Commis- c* sioners on trust to provide the income therein mentioned and a residence for the Bishop of Liverpool and subject thereto to make good to the bishopric of Chester the portion of the endowment or income of that bishopric transferred in pursuance of the said Act to the bishopric of Liverpool and subject as aforesaid on trust for the foundation of a dean and chapter for the bishopric of Liverpool in such manner as may be from time to time provided by Orders in Council: And whereas it is expedient to make such provisions .for the foundation of a dean and chapter of Liverpool as are in this Act contained: And whereas the 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 Queen'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): 1, This Act may be cited as the Liverpool Cathedral Act 1885. Short title. Cathedral Committee. 2. The several persons whose names are set forth in the Third Incorpora-Schedule to this Act (being at the time of passing this Act the p0n,0^ members of the Cathedral Committee above mentioned) together Committee, with all persons who shall at any time become members of such Committee are hereby incorporated by the name of the Liverpool Cathedral Committee (in this Act called " the Cathedral Committee ") with perpetual succession and a common seal and with power to acquire and hold lands without any license in mortmain A 2 3 [Ch. li.] Liverpool Cathedral Act, 1885. [48 & 49 Vict.] AJX 1885. and from time to time to sell let or otherwise dispose of the same and with such other powers capacities rights and duties as are in this Act mentioned or as are incidental to the purposes of their constitution. Additional members of the Cathedral Committee may at any time be elected by a general meeting of the Committee to be summoned with special notice of the object. Meetings and proceedings of Cathedral Committee. 3.(1) Seven members of the Cathedral Committee must be personally present to constitute a meeting of the Committee for the transaction of business. Any five members may at any time summon a meeting of the Cathedral Committee. Questions arising at a meeting of the Cathedral Committee are decided by a majority of votes and in case of an equality of votes the member in the chair at the meeting has a second or casting vote. Subject as aforesaid the Cathedral Committee may meet together for the despatch of business adjourn and otherwise regulate the proceedings of the Committee as the Committee from time to time thinks fit. Chairman of Cathedral Committee. 4.(1) The Lord Bishop of Liverpool shall be entitled to preside at every meeting of the Cathedral Committee at which he shall be present. . In case of his absence or unwillingness to preside the members present shall choose a chairman unless a deputy chairman of the Cathedral Committee shall be present. The Cathedral Committee may from time to time appoint a deputy chairman who shall be entitled to preside at all meetings at which the Lord Bishop of Liverpool does not preside. Honorary treasurers and secretaries. 5. Sir William Bower Forwood knight and John Prescott shall be honorary treasurers and Clarke Aspinall and Arthur Barle shall be lay secretaries and John Rashdall Eyre and Samuel Wilkinson shall be clerical secretaries of the Cathedral Committee and any vacancy in their number may be from time to time supplied by that Committee and the receipt of any such treasurer shall be a full and effectual discharge for all moneys received for or on account of the Cathedral Committee under this Act or otherwise. Exercise of powers of Cathedral...

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