Re St John, Walsall Wood

Ruth Arlow, Will Adam
2010 Ecclesiastical Law Journal  
Memorial -confirmatory faculty -pastoral consequences The incumbent had received and approved an application for a memorial in the churchyard. The application stated that the proposed memorial was to be a 'black granite wedge', within the permitted dimensions for memorials in churchyards in the diocese. When installed it appeared that the memorial was in the shape of an open book and exceeded the permitted dimensions. The chancellor, in refusing the faculty sought, noted that, as well as
more » ... ng the permitted dimensions, the memorial was of a design 'generally considered inimical to churchyard locations' and was 'itself badly executed'. The chancellor, recognising the pastoral consequences, refrained from making a restoration order in the hope that an appropriate compromise could be reached between the petitioners and the incumbent. He noted that the family had not been well served by the monumental masonry firm, but that his criticisms of the firm could have no legal force as the firm concerned were neither parties to, nor gave evidence in, the case. [WA]
doi:10.1017/s0956618x10000670 fatcat:exqkjkvfhvgpvdcip24sgjixei