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Ecclesiastical law

In re St Philip's, Scholes [2016] ECC Lee 5

24 May 2016

10; 16 May 2016

Consistory Court: Mark Hill QC Ch

Ecclesiastical law - Faculty - Font - Petitioners seeking confirmatory faculty in respect of disposal of redundant font - Principles applying to disposal of redundant fonts - Whether faculty to be granted

The petitioners of a parish church built in 1966, utilitarian in construction and described as having a "fortress" style, sought a confirmatory faculty in respect of the dismantling, removal, disposal and burial of the font, which actions had mistakenly been believed to have been authorised by an earlier faculty. The remnants of the concrete blocks, mortar and marble cladding which had formerly constituted the pedestal housing the bowl of the font had been buried in the garden of one of the churchwardens and the stainless-steel bowl had been re-used in the replacement wooden font.

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