[Bell Historians] Dorchester and dedications

Chris Pickford c.j.pickford.t21 at b...
Mon Jan 31 08:52:47 GMT 2005

The joint names are - as my previous posting - part of the legal name of the united parish. Quite how that affects the dedication of the church building may vary - depending on local Diocesan practice, which may reflect the wishes of the parish(es) at the time of merger. But legally, the remaining church building will be the parish church of the united parish - so if the parish has a combined name then the building is the church of that parish.


David Bryant <davidbryant at h...> wrote:
See for example, peal records for Dorchester on www.peals.co.uk 
where a seemingly sensible policy of abbreviating a dedication with 
lots of saints to just the first has an unfortunate result. I will 
give St Peter precedence over the Holy Trinity next time I update 
the site, theologically suspect though it might be!

It is my understanding that even when parishes are united, the church retains its existing dedication and although the dedication of the other church may be appended this has no legal status. Is this correct?


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