One of those words loved by the lawyers that are difficult to define.   The Shorter Oxford Dictionary says “an ecclesiastical tenure”, whatever that may mean.   For our purposes it may do to say that it relates to all that an incumbent accepts on his appointment to a parish – any endowments, the cure of souls in the parish, the freehold, the occupation of the clergy residence, be it vicarage or rectory.   It used to include tithes when they were payable to an incumbent.

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