Law

  •  Mortmain and Charitable Uses Act 1736, conveyances of lands, goods and money in trust for charitable purposes had to be formally drawn up and properly witnessed. They then had to be enrolled within six months, often with a plan of the property, with the Court of Chancery.[1]
  • Charitable Trusts Amendment Act 1855 established that any deed, will or other document relating to charities could also be voluntarily enrolled in the books of the Charity Commissioners.[1]
  • Mortmain and Charitable Uses Act 1888, elementary school masters’ houses (up to one acre), public parks (up to 20 acres) and public museums (up to two acres) could also be enrolled in the Charity Commissioners books instead of Chancery.[1]
  • Working Class Dwellings Act 1890[1]
  •  Technical and Industrial Institutions Act 1892 [1]
  • Settled Lands Act of 1925 (15 & 16 Geo V c 18), it was a requirement to enrol all land vested for charitable purposes with the Charity Commission.[1]
  • The Education Act of 1944 (7 & 8 Geo VI c 31) stipulated that all trust deeds for educational purposes were required to be recorded with the Minister of Education. This provision was repealed in 1960.[1]

[1] <https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/conveyances-of-land-charitable-uses-trust-deeds-1736-1963/#3-legislative-background-to-the-records>

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