Union of Benefices Act 1860
|Long title||An Act to make better Provision for the Union of contiguous Benefices in Cities, Towns, and Boroughs|
|Citation||23 & 24 Vict c CXLII|
|Royal assent||28 August 1860|
|Repealed by||Pastoral Measure 1968
Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1974
The Union of Benefices Act was a piece of legislation regarded as necessary to reduce the number of parish churches in the City of London as the residential population declined in the second half of the 19th century.
Churches affected were
As churchyards were emptied for construction projects, such as the new railway stations, many remains were exhumed and re-interred in the City of London Cemetery.
This Act was amended by the Union of Benefices Act 1898 (61 & 62 Vict c 23).
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- Huelin, G. Vanished Churches of the City of London, London Guildhall Library Publishing 1996 ISBN 0-900422-42-4
- The 1860 United Benefices Act Wright, G.W. in "Notes and Queries" 1943 184(10):290-291
- Reynolds, H. The Churches of the City of London. London, Bodley Head, 1922
- The Tower, however remains "The City of London Churches" Betjeman, J. Andover, Pitkin, 1967 (rpnt 1992) ISBN 0-85372-565-9
- The Times, Tuesday, 20 June 1899; pg. 8; Issue 35860; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence Ancient church closes
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- Tower remains- Betjeman (Ibid)
- Viewed by many as the most tragic loss of all "Notes on Old City Churches" Pearce, C.W. (Winthrop Rogers Ltd 1909)
- To make way for the new Queen Victoria Street "A Dictionary of London" Harben, H.: London, Herbert Jenkins, 1918
- Proceeds went to building of St Dionis, Parson's Green
- A survey at the beginning of the century had identified it had not been used for worship in 10 years The Times, 23 June 1900; pg. 15; Issue 36176; col F Survey Of The Memorials Of London.
- The Tower, however remains Betjeman (ibid)
- 2 December 1886 Huelin (ibid)
- Demolition details
- Tower remains-Betjeman(Ibid)