Faculty 1878




Diocese of Oxford.
Parish of Chesham Bois, Bucks.


Maurice Charles Merttins Swabey, Doctor of Civil Law, Vicar General, Official Principal and Commissary, lawfully constituted of The Right Reverend Father in God John Fielder by Divine Permission, Lord Bishop of Oxford, To the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Oxford, Sendeth Greeting:


Whereas it has been represented to Us by a Petition of the Reverend Joseph Matthews, Rector of the Parish of Chesham Bois in the county of Buckingham and Diocese of Oxford and of the churchwardens of the same Parish, That the Parish Church of Chesham Bois having from the effects of time and other circumstances, become in need of restoration and repair, the said Petitioners are desirous of restoring and repairing the Church and of effecting certain alterations therein in accordance with the Plans and Specification of Messrs William Haymouth and Son of 23 Moorgate Street, London, the Architects to be entrusted with the proposed works: That at a Meeting of the Parishioners in Vestry held after due Notice on the Third day of May 1878 it was resolved that the proposed Scheme for the restoration of the Church should be adopted and the same should be carried out in accordance with the aforesaid Plans and Specifications and that application should be made for obtaining the requisite Faculty for that purpose, That the cost of the proposed works is intended to be defrayed by means of voluntary Subscriptions with the probable aid of a Grant or Grants from certain Diocesan Societies: The said petitioners therefore humbly prayed that a Licence or Faculty might be granted authorising them to rebuild the Tower of the said Church from the foundations, to build a North Aisle, to take down and remove the Gallery, to build a new Vestry, to remove the present Seats and to provide new Seats throughout, and generally to do and perform all such other works and operations as might be fairly implied in carrying out the aforesaid Plans and Specification although not specifically mentioned or set forth:- And further that in the same Faculty power might be granted authorising them to take down and remove or carefully disturb any Tablets, Tombs, Tombstones, Hatchments, Monuments, Graves, Vaults, Monumental Inscriptions and other Records of the Departed as should be required in the prosecution of the above mentioned purposes (due care being taken to decently re-inter in some convenient part of the Churchyard any Coffins or Human Remains which it might be unavoidable to move or disturb in clearing or excavating the Ground for any other purposes aforesaid): The said petitioners undertaking that all such Tablets, Tombs, Tombstones, Hatchments, Monuments, Monumental Inscriptions and other Records should be sufficiently advanced or completed: And the said Petitioners also undertaking that all Reasons if any enjoying Faculty Powers in the Church as at present arranged, and which might be removed or disturbed by the operations aforesaid, should upon demand and proof of their right to the same have a new Sitting or new Sittings alloted or set apart for them.



Now therefore We the Vicar General, Official Principal and Commissary of the Lord Bishop aforesaid being desirous that all Persons having any legal interest in the premises should have due Notice of the said Petition, do hereby require and command that there presents may be forthwith published at the Church of Chesham Bois aforesaid, and that all Persons legally interested and having objections to make against Our granting a Faculty in accordance with the prayer of the said Petition, do enter or cause to be entered an appearance in a Book kept for that purpose at the Diocesan Registry No 10, New Road, Oxford, and do deliver or cause to be delivered at the Registry a statement in writing of such objections before the Twenty second day of November next (these works from the first Sunday of Publication) or do where caused before the said day why a Faculty should not be granted by Our Authority agreeably to the said Petition: And We do hereby give Notice that on default aforesaid will proceed to grant Our Faculty under Seal to the said Petitioners for the purposes and in the manner and form as in the said Petition is mentioned.



Given at Oxford under Our Seal this Twenty ninth day of October One thousand eight hundred and eighty



John M Davenport

Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Oxford