HC Deb 06 June 1921 vol 142 cc1543-4W

asked the hon. Member for Newbury, as representing the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, whether he is aware that the twelfth century church of St. Mary the Virgin, Romney Marsh, Kent, is in danger of destruction by fire through the proximity of an inflammable tarred hut; that the proximity of this hut to the burial-ground is giving great pain to the relatives of those buried there; and whether the Commissioners will inquire into the possibility of having this hut removed to more suitable ground?


I assume the church referred to to be that of St. Mary the Virgin, Romney Marsh. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are aware that a site adjoining the churchyard has recently been acquired by trustees for the erection thereon of an army hut for meetings of the parishioners for religious and social purposes. If the building has been erected the Commissioners have no information that it is either a source of danger to the church or annoyance to those interested in the churchyard, and the Commissioners have no power to deal with any question of its removal.