Taylor v Sorby: Darfield All Saints

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  • Reference
      GB 197 P81/2/E
  • Dates of Creation
      Late 19th century-1923
  • Physical Description
      66 items [?]

Scope and Content

Papers connected with, and evidence presented during the course of, a suit between:

1. Charles Howard Taylor of Middlewood Hall, Darfield

2. Reverend Albert Ernest Sorby, Curate of Darfield

Much of the evidence advanced by the Reverend Sorby relates to the architecture of the church and a possible date of construction of the south aisle, which Taylor claimed to be a manor chapel attached to the manor of Darfield.

Administrative / Biographical History

This suit was prosecuted in the Consistory Court at York. Charles Howard Taylor of Middlewood Hall had applied for a faculty to redecorate the south chancel of Darfield parish church and to install an oak screen in memory of his father, Francis Howard Taylor. In the faculty he stated that the south chancel was a manor chapel attached to the manor of Darfield. The Reverend Albert Ernest Sorby, Curate of Darfield, opposed his application for a faculty on the grounds that there had never been a manor chapel in the church. He suggested that if the faculty were granted it would imply that the Taylors did indeed have some claim to the south chancel.

The case was heard by affidavit. The court decided that Taylor's claim to a manor chapel was an issue which should be pursued at common law, and that no applications for faculties concerning this part of the church would be granted by the court without the prior agreement of both Taylor and Sorby.

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