The Assembly Rooms Trust Dedham (formerly Hewitt Memorial Hall)
The following is a copy of a Deed of Conveyance dated the 27th October 1908 (enrolled in the Central Office on the 30th October 1908) Essex Dedham 9459.
This Indenture made the Twenty seventh day of October One thousand nine hundred and eight BETWEEN WILLIAM WILKINS HEWITT of Lower Park Dedham in the county of Essex Esquire (hereinafter called the Grantor) of the one part and THE RIGHT REVEREND HENRY FRANK JOHNSON Lord Bishop of Colchester THE VERY REVEREND WALTER JOHN LAURENCE Dean and Archdeacon of St Albans THE RIGHT REVEREND THOMAS STEVENS Lord Bishop of Barking. THE HONORABLE CHARLES HEDLEY STRUTT, DOUGLAS ROUND, ARCHIBALD WEYLAND HUGGLES BRISE, CHARLES ALFRED PARKER, DAVID HOWARD THE LORD HUGH CECIL, ARTHUR LEWIS STRIDE,CHARLES BARCLAY and CHARLES HENRY BRABON HEATON ELLIS who are the Trustees of the St Albans Diocesan Trust Deed One thousand eight hundred and ninety six and are therein more particularly described (hereinafter called “the Trustees”) of the other part WHEREAS these presents are supplemental to the St. Albans Diocesan Trust Deed One thousand eight hundred and ninety six AND WHEREAS it is desired to assume the hereditaments hereinafter conveyed or intended so to be for the purposes and in manner hereinafter conveyed or intended so to be for the purposes and in manner hereinafter appearing NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that the said Grantor doth hereby as Settler freely and voluntarily and without any valuable consideration grant and convey into the Trustees their heirs and assigns ALL that building known as Assembly Rooms with the ground thereto adjoining situate in the Parish of Dedham in the County of Essex as the same are more particularly delineated and described in the plan drawn in the margin of these presents and thereon coloured pink TOGETHER with a free uninterrupted right of way to and for the Trustees their heirs and assigns at all times hereafter with or without horses carts and carriages to go pass and repass over and along a certain road called Assembly Road at their free will and pleasure TO HOLD unto and to the use of the Trustees their heirs and assigns UPON TRUST to permit the same and allow any buildings or building which now are or may hereafter be erected on the said premises or any part thereof to be used by the Rector or Vicar for the time being of the Parish of Dedham(hereinafter referred to as “the Rector or Vicar”) or during his absence or disability or the avoidance of his Benefice by the Officiating Minister for the time being of the Parish of Dedham aforesaid for all or any of the purposes following that is to say:
FOR the celebration of Divine Service in accordance with the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England as by Law established
AS a Class-Room Meeting-Room or Lecture-Room for Confirmation or Bible Classes or for other religious instruction in accordance with the principles of the Church of England
FOR any other objects ends or purposes having in view the spiritual intellectual moral or physical wants of the people or for any other objects ends or purposes designed or promoted for the instruction or recreation of the people. (previous to May 2020 this clause was: FOR any other meetings or for any other objects ends or purposes having in view the spiritual intellectual moral physical or social wants of the people or for any other objects ends or purposes designed or promoted for the instruction recreation or entertainment of the people or for such Sales of work and the like which may be held towards the maintenance extension or improvement of the various organisations and buildings connected with the Parish Church of Dedham which the Rector or Vicar or such Officiating Minister as aforesaid as the case may be may think desirable but so that the consent of the Bishop of the Diocese be obtained thereto if a number of not less than half of the total number of trustees for the time being should require such consent to be obtained )
AND IT IS HEREBY FURTHER DECLARED that the said premises and any such buildings or building as aforesaid shall be in all respects under the sole management and control of the Rector or Vicar or such Officiating Minister as aforesaid as the case may be (subject always to the visiting power hereinafter given to the Bishop of the Diocese or the Ordinary for the time being of the said Benefice) and such Rector or Vicar or Officiating Minister shall from time to time direct for what purpose or purposes and in what manner the same shall be used within the limits hereinbefore laid down And any School of Schools which may be held on the said premises and the education and instruction to be given therein shall be under such sole management and control of the Rector or Vicar or of such Officiating Minister as aforesaid as the case may be who shall select appoint and at his pleasure dismiss the Teacher or Teachers of the said School or Schools with this reservation namely that no person shall be appointed to be a Teacher who is not bona fide a Member of the Church of England PROVIDED ALWAYS AND IT IS HEREBY DECLARED that the Bishop for the time being of the Dioceses wherein the said Parish is situated or other the Ordinary of the Benefice of Dedham shall have powers of a visitor over the trust premises and over the management and control thereof and the said Rector or Vicar or Officiating Minister as aforesaid shall in all things whatsoever pertaining to the said trust observe and carry out all directions or orders from time to time or to be made by the said Bishop or such other Ordinary as aforesaid PROVIDED ALWAYS that the Trustees shall not be under any obligation or liability to keep any buildings forming part of the said premises insured against loss or damage or fire. And that the rector or Vicar shall pay or procure to be paid all rates taxes expenses of repairs costs of insurance and other outgoings in respect of the said premises and the Trustees shall not be concerned to see to the making of any such payments except so far as they may be necessarily liable by law, but they shall not be precluded from making any such payments if they think fit so to do PROVIDED that the Trustees may raise from time to time by mortgage of the said premises or any part thereof all sums necessary for the keeping the said buildings in repair or for providing for the insurance thereof in such sum or sums as they may think fit or for any other outgoings of assessments in respect thereof But nothing herein contained shall make it obligatory on the Trustees to provide for such repairs insurance or other outgoings or shall make them liable in respect of any omission so to do PROVIDED FURTHER that if it should be hereafter desired to use the said premises or any part thereof for the purposes of a duly consecrated church it shall be lawful for the Trustees with consent of the said Bishop by deed executed by them to revoke and make void as to all or any part of the said premises the trusts hereinbefore contained and to convey the said premises or any part thereof to any person or persons or Body Corporate duly authorised to receive the same to be held for any of the purposes of the Church Building Acts PROVIDED LASTLY that for the purpose of obtaining a money grant in furtherance of any of the objects for which the premises are held in trust the Trustees may by supplemental deed or otherwise covenant to observe any special conditions required by the society or other Body making such grant but so that such conditions are not inimical to the general scope of the trusts hereby declared
IN WITNESS etc.