COUNTY COURT.|1882-03-17|The North Wales Express - Welsh Newspapers Online
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--ITHE UNIVEr j-Y BOAT lACE.

DENBIGHSHIRE AND FLINTSHIRE…

EHYL.

BANGOR.

LOCAL BOARD O? HEALTH.

MOLD.

ST. ASAPH.

CONWAY.

CARNiRYON.

COUNTY COURT.

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COUNTY COURT. This court was held en Tuesday, before Mr Horatio Lloyd, judge. Tne number of cases for hearing was unusually small. THE LLANBERIS BURIAL DISPUTE. This case was partly heard at the January court. The plaiiitiff, a quarryman named Griffith Williams, residing at Ll mberis, btied the Rev W. Edwards, the rector of that parbh, for the recovery of 10s 6d, being the amoant cf burial fees alleged to have been illegally paid to him by the plaintiff. The case for the plaititiff was that about seven months ago his child died, and as he belonged to the Calvinistic Methodist persuasion it was desired that the interment should take place under the -Burials Act. Information was conveyed to the Rev O. Davies, the curate of the parish, notifying that Mr John Owen Jones, the pastor of the Dissenting church of which plaintiff was a member, would officiate in the churchyard. It was alleged that Mr Davies then gave the plaintiff to understand that it the funeral took place under the act referred to a fee of 10s 6d would be demanded, the rector having, after the passing of the act, decided that the fee should be payable in cases where funeials of Nonconformists were conducted otherwise than according to the rites of the Church cf England. When it was explained to him that the universal practice cf the parishioners had been to make offerings" or voluntary contributions to cover all fees, the curate told the plaintiff that inasmuch as the church doors would be closed against funerals conducted under the new act, no "offerings" would be taken, there being no place for the purpose in the churchyald The plaintiff, being under the impression that the fee was imperative before interment could take place, he consented to pay the fee, and the funeral was conducted in the desired manner. For the plaintiff, Mr John Roberts, Pangor, contended that even if it were proved that fees had been paid from time im- memorial, the prt sumption of their existence was rebutted by their rankness, as the fee of the present would be equivalent to ;£10 or JE12 in the time of Richard II" a sum which no labouring man of that day could afford. Mr Louis, Ruthin, for the defence, argued that as the fee had been paid voluntarily by the plaintiff, it could not be recovered by law. Stonework had been made in the grave, and the fee was therefore payable, the tenancy of the coffin being consequently of longer duration. The plaintiff selected his own site, and on the ground of contract alone the rector had a right to retain the fee. Fees, it was urged had been paid in the parish during the last twenty years, and the rector had alway a been assessed for fees. His honour said he would not take any evidence on behalf of the rector, as he had decided to stop the case at this junctaro. He nonsuited the plaintiff, with the usual costs, on the ground that the payment of the fee was a voluntary one. The case was watched with interest by a large number of clergymen, Dis- senting ministers, and deacons. SESSIONS. — On Saturday, before Mr Whitehead and other magistrates, Thomas W. Thomas and William Roberts, quarrymen, Llan- ddeiniolen, were respectively fined 20s. and 10s aud costs for representing themselves as travellers and obtaining drink at the Rhyddallt Inn Llan- tug. Thomas gave a false name. Elizabeth Jones and he: daughter were summoned fo assaulting Ehz, Jeth Morgan. Mr J. A. Hughes was for the defendants, who were bound over.

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