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Church Of England (Land Ownership)

Volume 389: debated on Wednesday 19 May 1943

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asked the hon. and gallant Member for New Forest and Christchurch, as representing the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the total acreage of land owned by the Church of England in this country; how much of this is agricultural land; how much housing property; and the total values involved?

The Commissioners have no information as to the total acreage of all land owned by or for the purposes of the Church of England in this country and can only answer with regard to their own estates There are upwards of 270,000 acres of agricultural property, including some 11,000 acres of woodlands and moorlands; the acreage of urban land is estimated at about 6,000 acres but the Commissioners' urban records are not kept in terms of acres. No recent valuation of the Commissioners' properties has been made, but the total net rental received in 1942, including the rents of agricultural and urban estates, and royalties, ground-rents and other receipts in respect of ownership of land, was £1,110,000.