Letters: Cases for legal opinion of re controversies about rights to pews in Holyhead Church

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      GB 221 WD7/3/3/1
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      GB 221 WD/7/157
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      1818 - 1843
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LETTERS: Cases for legal opinion of re controversies about rights to pews in Holyhead Church following improvements and alterations.

The disputes were about the rights to pews of the minister and Sir John Stanley.

Ellis Anwyl Owen also mentions augmenting the present curate's stipend.

The Bishop wished for a common pew.

In the old and new plans on either side of the communion table there seats, 1 for the use of the Minister and the other for the use of Penrhos tenants.

There was also an open space near the altar for the use of singers, although in the new plan there was a gallery for them and the children of the National School.

The Bishop proposed moving the 2 pews to the place of the singers to allow the congregation free and uninterrupted access to the communion table.

One of the letters comments on the disrepair of several old small cottages in the centre of the town belonging to the College, some part of them being used as pig sties, opposite some of the 'best houses in town' and several were anxious to build there with College leases (including Sir John Stanley).

The cases also mention rights of burying, sitting and kneeling places in the church and chancel of John Owen, esq. of Penrhos and William Williams of Trearddur, gent., and place occupied by women who come to be churched.

Sir John Stanley had put a lock and crest on the pew.

There is discussion of occupancy for the Welsh and English services and paying the Welsh singers for the 'general benefit of the parishioners' and the difficulty experienced by English families in procuring seats.

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