ORDER IN COUNCIL 1837

Order in Council for transferring the Archdeaconry of Bedford and part of the Archdeaconry of Huntingdon from the Diocese of Lincoln, and part of the Archdeaconry of Sudbury from the Diocese of Norwich, to the Diocese of Ely; and for charging the Bishops of Ely with a fixed annual Payment towards the Augmentation of teh Incomes of the Bishops of the smaller Seas.

Gazetted 30 May 1837; having been duly Registered

At the Court at St James’s, the 19th day of April 1837,
PRESENT
The King’s most Excellent Majesty in Council

Whereas, &c

“To the King’s most Excellent Majesty in Council.

We, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, appointed and incorporated by an Act passed in the last session of Parliament, intituled ‘An Act for carrying into effect the reports of the Commissioners appointed to consider the state of the Established Church in England and Wales, with reference to ecclesiastical duties and revenues, so far as they relate to episcopal dioceses, revenues, and patronage,’ have in pursuance thereof prepared, and now humbly lay before Your Majesty in Council, the following scheme for carrying into effect part of the recommendations in the said Act contained, relating to the bishopricks of Lincoln, Norwich, and Ely.

“We humbly recommend and propose, with the consent of the Right Reverend John Bishop of Lincoln, in testimony where of he has signed and sealed this scheme, that the whole archdeaconry and county of Bedford, and so much of the archdeaconry of Huntingdon as is included in and co-extensive with the county of Huntingdon, now forming part of the diocese of Lincoln, shall be detached and dissevered from the said diocese, and shall be and become permanently annexed and united to and included in and form part of the diocese of Ely; and that the said archdeaconry of Bedford and such part as aforesaid of the said archdeaconry of Huntingdon, and all parishes and places, churches and chapels within the limits thereof respectively, and the present and every future archdeacon of Bedford, and the present and every future archdeacon of Huntingdon, as to such part as aforesaid of his said archdeaconry, and all rural deans, and the whole clergy and others Your Majesty’s subjects within the said archdeaconry of Bedford, and within such parts as aforesaid of the said archdeaconry of Huntingdon, shall be exempted and released from all jurisdictions, authority, and control of the present and every future Bishop of Lincoln, and shall be under and subject to the jurisdiction, authority, and control of the Right Reverend Joseph now Bishop of Ely, and his successors Bishops of Ely for ever.

“And we furthermore recommend and propose, that the parish of Rickinghall Inferior in the deanry of Blackburne, but united with the parish of Rickinghall Superior in the deanry of Hartismere, both in the archdeaconry of Sudbury and in the diocese of Norwich, the see whereof is now vacant, shall be detached from the said deanry of Blackburne, and included in the said deanry of Hartismere; and that the said last mentioned deanry, and the deanry of Stow, also in the said archdeaconry of Sudbury, shall be detached and dissevered from the said archdeaconry of Sudbury, and shall be included in and form part of the archdeaconry of Suffolk in the same diocese; and that the rural deans of the said two last mentioned
deaneries, and the whole clergy thereof and of the said parish of Rickinghall Inferior, shall be exempt and released from the jurisdiction of the present and every future archdeacon of Sudbury, and be under and subject to the jurisdiction of the archdeacon of Suffolk for the time being; and that the archdeaconry of Sudbury, with the exception aforesaid, shall be detached and disserved from the said diocese of Norwich, and shall be and become permanently annexed and united to and included in and form part of the said diocese of Ely; and that the said archdeaconry of Sudbury, with the exceptions aforesaid, and all parishes and places, churches and chapels within the limits thereof, and the present and every future archdeacon of Sudbury, and all rural deans, and the whole clergy and others Your Majesty’s subjects within the same archdeaconry, shall be exempt and released from all jurisdiction, authority, and control of the said see of Norwich, and every bishop thereof, and shall be under and subject to the jurisdiction, authority, and control of the said Joseph now Bishop of Ely, and of his successors Bishops of Ely for ever.

“And we further recommend and propose, that nothing herein contained shall in any manner affect any personal union heretofore granted by any Bishop of Norwich, according to the usage of the see of Norwich, for the enabling any spiritual person to hold together two livings, as it regards any livings either both or one only of which will according to this scheme be transferred to the said diocese of Ely.

“And we further recommend and propose, that the deanry of Camps in the said diocese of Ely, and in the archdeaconry of Ely, shall be detached and dissevered from the said archdeaconry of Ely, and shall be included in and form part of the said archdeaconry of Sudbury; and that the rural dean and the whole clergy of the said deanry shall be exempted and released from the jurisdiction of the present and every future archdeaconry of Ely, and
be under and subject to the jurisdiction of the Archdeacon of Sudbury for the time being.

“And we further recommend and propose, that the right of appointing the archdeacon of Bedford, Huntingdon, and Sudbury shall be vested in the said Bishop of Ely and his successors Bishops of Ely for ever.

“And we further recommend and propose, that for the purposes of the said Act, and so as to leave to the Bishop of Ely for the time being an average annual income of five thousand five hundred pounds, the said Joseph now Bishop of Ely, and his successors Bishops of Ely for the time being, shall pay or cause to be paid to our credit into the Bank of England, to an account intituled ‘Account with the Ecclesiastical commissioners for England’ by half yearly payments on or before the fifth day of April and fifth day of October in every year, the fixed annual sum of two thousand five hundred pounds; and that the first of such payments shall become due on the fifth day of October now next ensuing; and that whenever a vacancy of the see of Ely shall happen on any other day than the fifth day of April or fifth day of October, then the next half yearly payment shall be apportioned between the bishop making the vacancy or his representatives and the bishop succeeding to the see, according to the time that shall have elapsed from the fifth day of April or fifth day of October preceding (as the case may be) to the day of the vacancy inclusive, and such proportions shall be paid by the respective parties accordingly.

“And we further recommend and propose, that two third parts only of the sum heretofore paid by bishops of Ely respectively on account of first – fruits shall be paid by the said Joseph Bishop of Ely, and that the remaining one third part thereof shall be paid by us out of the monies so to be paid to our credit and account as aforesaid.

“And we further recommend and propose, that the fees and stipends granted out of the revenues of the said See of Ely by the last or any preceding Bishop of Ely to any secular
officer of the Isle of Ely who held his office by patent for life at the time of passing of an Act
of the last session of Parliament, intituled ‘An Act for extinguishing the secular jurisdiction of
the Archbishop of York and Bishop of Ely in certain liberties in the counties of York, Nottingham and Cambridge,’ shall henceforward, during the life of such office, whether his said office shall have been abolished by the said Act or not, be paid by us out of that portion of the revenues of the said see of Ely which shall be so as aforesaid paid to our credit and account.

“And we further recommend and propose, that nothing herein contained shall prevent us from recommending and proposing other measures relating to the said bishopsrics of Lincoln, Norwich and Ely respectively, in conformity to the previsions of the said first recited Act.

“All of which we humbly recommend and propose to Your Majesty in Council.

“In witness whereof we have hereunto set our common seal this twelfth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty even.

“And whereas the said scheme has been approved by His Majesty in Council; new therefore His Majesty, by and with the advise of His said Council, is pleased hereby to ratify the said schemes, and to order and direct that the same part thereof shall take effect immediately from and after the time when the same shall be registered as herein after directed, and shall have been duly published in the London Gazette pursuant to the said Act; and His Majesty; by and with the like advice, is pleased hereby to direct that this order be forthwith registered by the several registrars of the several dioceses of Lincoln, Norwich and Ely.

William L Bathurst