Law and religion round-up – 22nd April

It really must have been a fairly thin week when we lead with a piece on…

…land ownership, rectorial tithes – and confusion

In one of the more unusual stories of the week, Farmers Weekly reports the strange case of a farmer in Warwickshire, Richard Tyacke, who discovered that the Diocese of Birmingham had wrongly registered itself as the freeholder owner of 16 of his 120 hectares. In the 1880s, when the land was part of the Stoneleigh Estate, the Church of England had been granted a yearly rent-charge of £30 on the 16 hectares for the upkeep of the local church and the augmentation of the vicar’s income.  Continue reading