The Felstead Charities Act 1851

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1851 c. 20
The Felstead Charities Act 1851

(14 & 15 Vict.) c. 20

An Act for the Regulation and Improvement of the Charities founded by Richard Lord Riche in the. Parish of Felstead in the County of Essex, and for other Purposes.

[7th August 1851]

ANNO DECIMO QUARTO & DECIMO QUINTO VICTORLE REGESLE ******^****^^*^^*^^*^^*^^^^^^-^^**^*^^***^^*^^^*^^^^ Cap. 20. the Regulation An Act for and Improvement of the Charities founded by Richard Lord Riche in the Parish of Felstead in the County of Essex, and for other Purposes. [7th August 1851.] HERE AS on about the Seventeenth Day of November One thousand eight hundred and thirty-six an Information was filed in the High Court of Chancery by Her Majesty's Attorney General as Informant, and which Information was afterwards amended, and as amended was against George Finch, George Henry Finely the Chaplain, Parochians, and Wardens of Felstead in the County of Essex, and the Reverend Thomas Surridge, as Defendants, for the Regulation and Improvement of the above-mentioned Charities, and a supplemental Information was afterwards filed by the said Attorney General as Informant against the said George Finch, George Henry Finch, the Reverend Thomas Surridge, and the Chaplain, Parochians, and Wardens of Felstead in the County of Essex, and James Skill, John Abraham, John Jolliffe Tufnell, Jonas Coote, Hugh Simons, the Reverend Jeremiah Awdry, Joseph Edwards, Thomas Gladwin, and the Right Reverend Charles James Lord Bishop of London, as Defendants : And whereas the said several Defendants to the said original and amended Information duly appeared and put in their Answers thereto, and the Causes of Attorney General v. Finch [Private,'] G.q caire 522 14 & 15 VICTORIA Cap.20. M' r _ J h* x- - ??? ? l TAe Felstead Charities Act9 1851. Decree of came on to be heard in the said Court of Chancery, and by the. Decree Chancery ma(*e at such Hearing, dated the Twenty-first Day of February One dated thousand eight hundred and forty-nine, it was amongst other things Q 1st Feb. referred to the Master in the same Decree mentioned or referred to to make such Inquiries and to ascertain and state to the Court such Petition of Facts as in the same Decree mentioned in that Behalf: And whereas Ge^Tal7 **er Majesty's Attorney General on the Tenth Day of February One dated thousand eight hundred and fifty-one presented a Petition in the said. 3851. ?cc?i Feb* Causes,,praying amongst other things thatit might be referred to the.: Master to whom the said Causes stood referred to settle and' approve. of a proper Scheme for the future Maintenance of the Charities in thei said Petition mentioned (being the Charities aforesaid) and for the proper Application of the Income thereof respectively, and that if the said Master should be of opinion that an Act of Parliament was. necessary for the Purpose of carrying out such Scheme then that he,. might approve of the Draft of a Bill to be proposed to the Legislature h }&51. Order, dated for the Purpose : And whereas by an Order of the said Court made on !ac*t Feb *^e Hearing of the said Petition, dated the Nineteenth Day of February One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, it was amongst other things ordered that it should be referred to the Master to whom the said Causes stood referred to settle and approve of a proper Scheme for the future Management of the said Charities in the said Petition men tioned, known as the Charities of Richard Riche Lord Riche, and for the proper Application of the Income thereof respectively, having regard to the Change of Circumstances, and the present Value of the Property belonging to the said Charities ;. and it was ordered that the said Master should inquire whether it was necessary for the Purposes of carrying out this Scheme that an Act of Parliament should be obtained, and the said Master was to be at liberty to report thereon in his Report to be made pursuant to the said Decree, and if the said Master should be of opinion that an Application to Parliament was necessary, then the said Master was to settle and approve of the Draft Master's Re- of a Bill for that Purpose: And whereas in pursuance of the said 26th June Decree and Order respectively Sir William Home, the Master to whom j 851. the said Causes stood referred, made his Report, dated the Twenty- sixth Day of June One thousand eight hundred and fifty-one, and he thereby certified and found, amongst other things, that in pursuance of the said Decree a State of Facts had been laid before him on behalf of Her Majesty's Attorney General, and that he had proceeded to con sider such State of Facts, together with the several Documents and other Evidences produced before him in support thereof, and he found Letters amongst other things that by Letters Patent of King Philip and Queen io£ A^i^ Mary faring Date the Tenth Day of April in the First and Second (1&2PM1. Years of their Reign, their Majesties granted Licence to Richard & Mar.) Riche Knight, Lord Riche, that he might be able to found,, erect, and establish a certain Foundation and Erection in the Parish Church of ir & 15u VICTOMjE, Cap.2Q. 523 -^ ^ ^,, . ^r i | ^i m .mi ? i ? ? ? ' " "? ^bm j-w^m-rTM-m ,^m ?? i ? i ? m_ J The Felstead Charities Ad, 1851. ^H_ ~" ^ -J, ^ of Felstead in the County of Essex of One Chaplain for ever, to be appointed by the said Lord Riche and his Heirs, and of Parochians of Felstead aforesaid, and of the "Wardens of the Works and Ornaments1 of the aforesaid Parish Church for ever, to be elected by the Parishioners of Felstead for the Time being, according to certain Ordinances and Constitutions of the said Lord Riche in that Behalf 1 in Writing to be made, ordained, and declared, and when such Foundation should have been so made, founded^ erected, and established it should be named and called the Foundation of Richard Lord Riche for the Support of poor Persons for ever, and that the Chaplain of the' Foundation aforesaid, and the Parishioners of Felstead aforesaid, and the Wardens of the Works and Ornaments of the aforesaid Parish" Church, when the aforesaid Foundation should be so made and established, should be a Body Corporate and Politic, and have perpetual Succession; and that th^ said Chaplain of the Foundation aforesaid, and the Parishioners of Felstead aforesaid, and the Wardens of the Works and Ornaments of the aforesaid Parish Church of Felstead) and their Successors, Chaplains of the Foundation aforesaid, and Parishioners of Felstead aforesaid, and Wardens of the Works and Ornaments of the aforesaid Church of Felstead, under and by the Name of " Chap-'" lains of the Foundation of Richard Lord Riche in the Parish of " Felstead in the County of Essex for the Support of poor Persons, " and of the Parishioners of Felstead and the Wardens of the Works " and Ornaments of the Parish Church of Felstead" should be able to plead and be impleaded, and should have a Common Seal for ever, to be appointed according to the Ordinance of Richard Lord Riche, and that the said Lord Riche and his Heirs might grant to the said Corporation Messuages and Lands to the yearly Value of Fifty Pounds, and that the said Corporation might receive and purchase Lands to the yearly Value of other Fifty Pounds; and that by the said Letters Patent it was granted to the said Lord Riche and his Heirs that all the Chaplains of the said Foundation, when appointed by Deed sealed, should be immediately Chaplain and really invested thereof, without any Presentation to or Allowance by the Ordinary; and the said First Deed of Master further found that by a Deed indented under the Hand and Foundation, Seal of the said Lord Riche, bearing Date the Twenty-sixth Day of 26th April April One thousand five hundred and fifty-four (after reciting the said 1554-. Letters Patient), the said Richard Lord Riche, in execution of the said Licence, and for the Sustentation of the poor People in the said Parish of Felstead and in the Parishes of Little Leighs and Much Waliham in the said County of Essex, did ordain, erect, make, and establish for ever that there should be One conscionable Person, being a Priest, chosen by him and his Heirs from Time to Time for ever, to be Chaplain of the same Foundation, and should be always thereunto named and collated by him and his Heirs in Writing, and that the same Priest so named and collated should, by virtue of the said Writing 524 14 & 15 VICTORIA, Cap.20. T%e Fehlead Charities Act, 1851. Writing and of the said Letters Patent, be Chaplain of the said Foundation, and thereof really invested to all Intents and Purposes, and have and enjoy such Possessions, Profits, and Living as should be appointed for his Sustentation in the same during his Life, without any Admission, Institution, or Induction by any Ordinary to be had or made in that Behalf; nevertheless he ordained that every Chaplain which should be as aforesaid by him and his Heirs named, preferred, and collated should take Oath before him, his Heirs, or the Vicar of Felstead for the Time being, to perform the Parts of the Foundation as near as he could with all his Diligence, and also to administer the Sacraments and Sacramentals according to the Catholic Faith, and that if any Chaplain within One Month after he should be named, presented, and collated to the said Foundation should not take the said Oath in Time and Form aforesaid, then it should be lawful for him and his Heirs to name a Priest, in Form aforesaid, to be Chaplain of the said Foundation; and he also ordained that the said Chaplain, Parochians, and Wardens should have a Common Seal for the Causes of the said Foundation, whereon should be engraven the Image of the Holy Trinity written about " Sigillum Commune Fundationis Ricardi Domini Riche pro Sustentacione Pauperum," and that the same Seal should be kept in a Coffer in the Church of Felstead locked with Three Keys, One to remain in the Hands of the said Lord Riche and his Heirs, the Second wTith the Chaplain of the said Foundation...

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