Cardiff Records: Volume 3. Originally published by Cardiff Records Committee, Cardiff, 1901.
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Extract from the Registry of the Consistory Court of Llandaff.
Richard by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Llandaff To all Christian People whom these Presents shall or may in anywise concern Health Grace and Benediction Whereas it appears by the return made to the Commission lately held and executed by virtue of our Authority that the Parish Church of Saint Mary in the Town of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan and our Diocese of Llandaff having been for a great number of years destroyed by a violent inundation that the Parishioners and Inhabitants of the said Parish have ever since been permitted to attend Divine Service in the Parish Church of Saint John in common with the Parishioners of the same, that they have also ever since been permitted to use the Burial Ground belonging to the said Parish Church of Saint John in common with the Parishioners of the said Parish of Saint John, that there neither is nor has been from time immemorial any Vicarial House belonging to the said Vicarage of Saint Mary, that the yearly income arising from both these Vicarages doth not together exceed the sum of One hundred and ten Pounds per annum, and that the uniting and consolidating these Vicarages will not be detrimental to either of the said Parishes. Therefore we Richard by Divine permission Lord Bishop of Llandaff by and with the consent of the Dean and Chapter of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity in Gloucester the true and undoubted patrons of the Vicarages of Saint John and Saint Mary aforesaid and of the Corporation of the Town of Cardiff first had and obtained Do by these Presents Ordain and Decree that the said Vicarage and Parish of Saint Mary in the said Town of Cardiff now is and from this time shall for ever remain united and consolidated with the Vicarage and Parish of Saint John in the said Town of Cardiff and that the Inhabitants of the said Parish of Saint Mary shall from hence be at liberty to assemble in the said Parish Church of Saint John and enjoy all the priviledges of the said Parish in common with the Parishioners of Saint John. We do also Ordain and decree that the said Vicarages shall in future be presented to under the name and description of the United Vicarage of Saint John and Saint Mary in the Town of Cardiff. Saving always to ourselves and our successors Bishops of Llandaff as also to the Archdeacon of Llandaff and his successors all procurations and synodals and all other dues that have been hitherto legally paid, as if this union and consolidation had never taken place. And by virtue of the powers vested in us by an Act made in the 4th and 5th of William and Mary we do Ordain and decree that as often as the said Parish Church of Saint John in the said Town of Cardiff shall stand in need of repair or of decent ornaments for the performance of Divine Worship the Parishioners of the said Parish of Saint Mary so by these Presents united to the said Parish of Saint John shall bear and pay an equal share and proportion towards the charges of such repairs and decent ornaments with the Parishioners of the said Parish of Saint John. In Testimony whereof we have caused our Episcopal Seal to be hereunto affixed. Dated the sixteenth day of December in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eight, and of our Consecration the twenty-seventh.
L.S. R. Landaff.