Stepingley (Bedford) inclosure and exoneration from tithes Act 1836

Cited as:1836 c. 8
Jurisdiction:UK Non-devolved
Stepingley (Bedford) inclosure and exoneration from tithes Act 1836

(6 & 7 Will. 4) c. 8

An Act for inclosing and exonerating from Tithes Lands in the Parish of Stepingley in the County of Bedford.

[20th May 1836]

ANNO SEXTO GULDELMI IV. REGIS. Cap. 8. An Act for inclosing and exonerating from Tithes Lands in the Parish of Stepingley in the County of Bedford. [20th May 1836.] W HEREAS there are within the Parish of Stepingley in the County of Bedford certain Open and Common Fields, Com mon Meadows, and other Commonable Lands, containing by Admeasurement Three hundred Acres or thereabouts, and also divers Homesteads, Gardens, Wood and other inclosed Lands, containing by Admeasurement Eight hundred Acres or thereabouts, and certain Com mons and Waste Lands : And whereas the King's most Excellent Majesty in right of the down is Lord of the Manor of Stepingley within the Honor of dmptbill, and the Most Noble John Duke of Bedford is Lessee thereof, and the Most Honourable Mary Marchioness Dowager of Downshire, Baroness Sandys, is Lady of the Manor of Stepingley with its Members, and as such are respectively entitled to the Soil of the Commons and Waste Lands within the said Parish and Manors respectively : And whereas His said Majesty in right of the Crown is the Patron of the Advowson of the Rectory and Parish Church of Stepingley aforesaid, and the Reverend William Henry Greene is Rector thereof, and as such is entitled to certain Glebe Lands, and to all the Tithes, both Great and Small, issuing and arising out of and from all and every the Lands and Grounds within the said Parish : And whereas His said Majesty in right of the Crown, the said John Duke of Bedford, Joseph Morris, Robert L.indsell, William Arnold, John Morris, William Woodward, George Gregory, [Private."] 3 fa and 214 6 GULIELMI IV. Cap.S. and Richard Cooke are Owners or Proprietors, as well of the said old Inclosures as also of the said Open and Common Fields and other Commonable Lands and Grounds in the said Parish, and the Lands of the said several Proprietors are greatly intermixed, and lie dispersed in small Parcels, and it would be beneficial to all Persons interested therein if the said Open and Common Fields, Commons, and Wastes were divided, allotted, and inclosed, and all Rights of Common therein extinguished, and if all the Lands in the said Parish, as well open as inclosed, were ex onerated from Tithes ; but such Division, Allotment, Inclosure, and Exoneration from Tithes cannot be effected without the Aid and Authority of Parliament: And whereas an Act was passed in the Forty-first Year of 41G.3,c.J09. the Reign of King George the Third, intituled An Act for consolidating in One Act certain Provisions usually inserted in Acts of Inclosure, and for facilitating the Mode of proving the several Facts usually required on the passing of such Acts: And whereas another Act was passed in the First and Second Years of the Reign of His late Majesty King George the Fourth, 1 & 2.G. 4. intituled An Act to amend the Laws respecting the inclosing of Open Fields, c. 23. Pastures, Moors, Commons, and Waste Lands in England : 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 Appointment assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That Thomas Bloodworth of of Comiuis- Kimbolton in the County of Huntingdon, Gentleman, shall be and he is sioner. hereby appointed sole Commissioner for valuing, dividing, allotting, inclosing, and otherwise improving all the Open and Common Fields, Common Meadows, Commons, Wastes, and other Commonable Lands and Grounds in the Parish of Stepingley aforesaid, and for exonerating from Tithes all the Lands in the said Parish, as well open as inclosed, and for carrying into execution all'the Powers and Purposes of this Act, and also all such of the Powers, Authorities, Directions, Regulations, Restrictions, and Provisions contained in the said recited Acts as are not varied, altered, or otherwise provided for by this Act. Commission- H Provided always, and be it further enacted, That no Person shall be er to make a capable of acting as a Commissioner in the Execution of this Act until Declaration. j,e shall have made and subscribed the following Declaration; (that is to say,) . T A.B. do solemnly and sincerely declare, That I will faithfully, im-? partially, and honestly, according to the best of my Skill and Ability, ' execute and perform the several Trusts, Powers, and Authorities vested 1 and reposed in me as a Commissioner by virtue of an Act passed in the ' Sixth Year of the Reign of King William the Fourth, intituled \here file:///here set ( forth the Title of this Act\ according to Equity and good Conscience, ' and without Favour or Affection, Prejudice or Partiality, to any Person or Persons whomsoever.' And such Declaration shall be in lieu of and as a Satisfaction for tne Oath or Affirmation required by the said recited Act of the Forty-first Year of the Reign of King George the Third to be taken and subscribed by Persons acting as Commissioners in the Execution of an Act for dividing, allotting, or inclosing any Lands or Grounds; and such Declaration shall be .to all Intents and Purposes as valid and effectual as the Oath or Affirmation in lieu whereof it shall have been so made and subscribed. i HI. And 6GULIELMI IV. Cap.S. 215 III. And be it further enacted; That any Person making arid sub- Penalty on scribing a Declaration under the Authority.of this Act, and who shall ^laraUon* wilfully and corruptly make and subscribe such Declaration, knowing'the Allegations thereof or any of them to be untrue, shall be subject to the like Pains and Penalties to which Persons guilty of wilful and corrupt Perjury are or may be liable. IV. And be it further enacted, That if the said Thomas Bloodworth shall Power for die, or refuse to act, or become incapable of acting, or shall neglect for the Appointment Space of Forty Days to act as a Commissioner in the Execution of this } futu.re. Actj then it shall.be http://shall.be lawful for the Lord or Lords, Lady or Ladies ers. of the same several Manors, and the said William Henry Greene, or the Rector of Stepingley aforesaid for the Time being, and the several other Proprietors or Persons interested in the Lands and Grounds by this Act directed to be divided and inclosed, or the Majority of such Proprietors or Persons in Value (such Value to be ascertained from the Land Tax Assessment), who by themselves, or their known Agents or Attornies, shall be present at a Meeting to be held for that Purpose at some convenient Place in Stepingley aforesaid, or within Eight Miles therefrom, of which Meeting Fourteen Days previous Notice shall be given in Writing, signed by any Two or more of such Proprietors or Persons, to be affixed on the principal outer Door of the Parish Church of Stepingley aforesaid, and also by Advertisement to be inserted in some Newspaper published in the said County of Bedford, by Writing under their respective Hands to appoint some other fit and proper Person (not interested in the said Division) to be a Commissioner in the Place of the said Thomas Blood-worth, and so from Time to Time as often as any Commissioner who shall have been appointed in the Place of the said Thomas Bloodworth shall die, or refuse to act, or become incapable of acting, or shall neglect to act as aforesaid; and every Person who shall be appointed a Commissioner in pursuance of this Act shall, after making and subscribing the Declaration herein-before mentioned, have such and the like Powers and Authorities in all respects for carrying this Act and the said recited Acts into execution as if he had been originally appointed a Commissioner in and by this Act. V. And be it further enacted, That the Commissioner hereby appointed, Allowance in case he shall continue to act in the Execution of this Act until his Award tp Commis- shall be deposited as hereby directed, or the said Commissioner and his Siic- s,oner cessors to be appointed in pursuance of this Act, shall be paid or allowed the Sum of One hundred and fifty Pounds, and no more, in full Satisfaction for all the Trouble and Expences which he or they shall be put to in and about and concerning the Execution of this Act and the said recited Acts, or the Powers thereof respectively, except for preparing and ingrossing the Award of the said Commissioner; and in case any other Person or Persons shall be appointed, in pursuance of this Act, as Successor or Successors to the said Thomas Bloodworth, then the said Commissioner and his Successor or Successors shall be paid or allowed respectively such Proportions of the said Sum of One hundred and fifty Pounds as shall be deemed reasonable and proper by the Auditor by and before whom the Accounts ojf the said Commissioner shall be audited and examined, and the additional Allowance for preparing and ingrossing the Award of the said Commissioner shall be at a Rate not exceeding the Sum of Two Shillings per Folio of One hundred Words j and the Clerk to be appointed by the said Commissioner 216 6GULIELMI IV. Cap.8. Commissioner shall be paid and allowed the Sum of Three Pounds and Three Shillings per Day fcr every Day he shall attend the said Commissioner. Notice of VI. And be it further enacted, That the said Commissioner shall and Meetings. ne ;s hereby required to cause public Notice to be given by Writing, to be affixed upon the principal outer Door of the Parish Church of Stepingley aforesaid, and also by Advertisement to be inserted in some Newspaper published in the said County of Bedford, of the Time and Place of his First and every subsequent Meeting for executing the Powers vested in him by virtue of this Act, Ten Days at least before every such Meeting shall be held (Meetings by Adjournment only excepted), and the...

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