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What is a Chancel?
The Chancel is usually situated at the Eastern End of a Church and is reserved for use by the Clergy and Choir, this area is usually seperated by the Communion Rail.
Chancel repair liability can trace its roots back to before the reformation of churches in England and Wales, where churches were either ministered by a vicar or a rector, a rector was responsible for the repairs of the chancel of his church (around 5200 churches).
Now hundreds of years later and numerous property / land transactions and sub divisions, the chancel repair liability has been passed onto the new owners and still exists today, these owners are technically known as lay rectors. The recovery of funds from lay rectors is governed by the Chancel Repairs Act 1932.