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Parish information

Posted: 14 May 2011 11:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 15 May 2011 1:49PM GMT
Hi,

Can anyone tell me the definition of the phrase
'The living is a rectory' as often seen in local parish information

Re: Parish information

Posted: 20 May 2011 11:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Don't know all the details but there was a difference between a "Rector" and a "Vicar", as far as the Anglican church was concerned anyway. A parish was known as a "living" as in "he applied for/obtained the Living of St. J.... in O..." so I imagine the phrase must indicate that soime particular "Living" was a "Rectory" rather than a "Vicarage" - but don't ask me exactly what the difference was. In the village I was brought up in we lived next door to the "Rectory" and the incumbent was the "Rector". When I went to college my room mate was the daughter of a "Vicar" and lived in the "Vicarage". Hope this helps a bit.

Re: Parish information

Posted: 21 May 2011 5:55AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi,

Thanks for your reply, I believe that the "living is a rectory/vicarage etc" is what the vicar/rector/pastor/priest received per annum in that parish and because they changed quite often, a house/vicarage,rectory was provided?

I suppose I needed confirmation that I was on the right track?

Thank again

Rick

Re: Parish information

Posted: 21 May 2011 12:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Parsons (vicars or rectors) always had a house for their use but income was dependent on other factors - maybe fields rented out, tithes and duties etc. In older records one would find the value of a "living" quoted, e.g. "£1000 per annum" (if they were lucky!!) but whether that included an assessed value of the rent for the house I am not sure - I have a feeling that it did not. The differing values of the "living" was the reason why many people held two, or maybe three, "livings" in the 18th-19th centuries. Because they were allotted through various forms of patronage if you got in with the right patron, it was possible to be quite well off - even if the parishioners of two of your parishes only saw you once a year. Or you employed a poor curate to do the work at a pittance. You are however, on the right track, a "living" was basically the income received by the incumbent of a parish - vicar or rector. Good luck with it.

Re: Parish information

Posted: 21 May 2011 8:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Rick,

This is a bit obscure, but I've recently been looking for the definition myself, and came across this information on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate

Scroll down to the History section.... don't know how accurate it is, but it seems plausible.

Christine
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