Definition of churchwarden in English:



  • 1Either of the two elected lay representatives in an Anglican parish, formally responsible for movable church property and for keeping order in church.

    • ‘Nor would churchwardens have released parish funds to ‘repair the Giant’ in 1694 unless it was regarded as part of the local heritage; it must have been regarded then as an antiquity and cannot have been made within living memory.’
    • ‘100 years ago: The vicar and his churchwardens had taken a very decided stand with regard to the non-removal of the organ chamber of All Saints' Church, Pavement, York.’
    • ‘Collecting the parish rate also fell to the churchwarden who had responsibility for repairing parish roads and bridges and paying performing bellringers.’
    • ‘The restoration/renovation of the churchwarden's house ensures the continued existence of this building.’
    • ‘Until 1571 churchwardens were elected by the whole parish, and after that time it was usual for the parish to elect one warden and the minister the other.’
    • ‘At tomorrow's annual church meeting new churchwardens and some church council members will be elected.’
    • ‘The duties of the post include regular meetings of the clergy of the 12 parishes in the deanery and advising and helping churchwardens of parishes without a parish priest.’
    • ‘On 27th June 1665 he left London to escape the Great Plague and settled at Hersham, having been appointed churchwarden at the parish church of Walton-upon-Thames.’
    • ‘Villagers played an essential role in the upkeep of the local church and its property, which was handled by churchwardens on the parish council (fabrique).’
    • ‘Today, aged 77, he is taking more of a back-seat in local affairs, choosing to stay on only as a parish councillor although he has recently become a churchwarden at the village's Church of the Epiphany.’
    • ‘A meeting between the town council, churchwardens and the Archdeacon of Colchester to discuss the churchyard is set for April 30.’
    • ‘The Rector thanked the churchwardens, sidesmen, bellringers, church cleaners, guild and all church workers for the assistance they had given during the past year.’
    • ‘A conference to promote church tourism, held recently in Lastingham Village Hall in Ryedale, attracted churchwardens and clergymen from all parts of North Yorkshire.’
    • ‘In the diocese of Coventry and Lichfield churchwardens were required in 1565 to choose four to eight ‘bouncers’ in each parish to maintain order during services.’
    • ‘A trusted churchwarden who embezzled nearly £30,000 from a charity was able to lie and cover his tracks for seven years, a long-awaited report has revealed.’
    • ‘A letter in the parish magazine said: ‘What a shame the churchwardens at St Mary's are unable to show a little Christian spirit with regard to their removal of all flowers and pots from graves.’’
    • ‘When Mr Evans returned to duties this week he found an announcement attached to the church door expressing the desire of ten per cent of parishioners to launch a motion of no confidence against his churchwardens and church council.’
    • ‘Responsibility for identifying jurors was thus taken from the constables and given to churchwardens and local overseers of every parish or township in each county.’
    • ‘Extra chairs had to be carried in from the churchwarden's house to accommodate visitors from neighbouring parishes.’
    • ‘His surprise decision to leave, and the news that the churchwardens are to resign, was broken to parishioners by the Archdeacon of Richmond at the end of yesterday's packed morning service.’
    1. 1.1US A church administrator.
      • ‘He obtained the right to consult the churchwardens' accounts, as well as those of the administrators of the goods and revenues of the poor.’
      • ‘Ronald Hutton's examination of parochial documents, primarily churchwardens ' accounts, led him to conclude that a flourishing and popular pre-Reformation church was destroyed by government policy.’
      • ‘There is nothing here that will be new to historians in the field, but it provides a good general introduction to the problems and possibilities of churchwardens ' accounts in general, and these accounts in particular.’
  • 2British A long-stemmed clay pipe.

    tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipe
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