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Registry and Chancellor

by Helen Clemow last modified 02 Nov, 2021 04:12 PM

The Diocesan Registry deals with a large proportion of the legal matters affecting the Diocese, the parishes and their officers within the Diocese. The team is based at Batt Broadbent Solicitors in Salisbury. The Chancellor works both independently and in consultation with the two Registrars and the Registry clerks.

The Registrars are also the Bishop’s Legal Secretaries, and are responsible for advising the Diocesan and Suffragan Bishops on the law generally, in addition to ecclesiastical law, as far as it affects the Church and Diocese.

All clergy, churchwardens and parish officers may contact the Registry for advice on:

Telephone     01722 432390


Address         Salisbury Diocesan Registry, Minster Chambers

                        42/44 Castle Street, Salisbury SP1 3TX


 The Registry Team includes:

Sue de Candole 

Sue de Candole


Gavin Foster 

The Reverend Gavin Foster


 Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson

Deputy Registrar


Sarah Hart 

Sarah Hart
Senior Registry Clerk


Anita Jeans 

Anita Jeans
Registry Clerk


Registry advice and work includes:

  • Ordinations
  • Vacancies (Parish and benefice)
  • Churchwardens and PCC officers
  • Churchyards                        
    • Regulations
    • Memorials
    • Consecrations
    • Maintenance and responsibility
  • Faculty applications            
    • Online system
    • Grace space reservations
    • Exhumations
  • Marriage                              
    • Banns
    • Common Licence
    • Surrogates                                              


The Chancellor

Ruth Arlow 

 Ruth Arlow



The Worshipful Canon Ruth Arlow was appointed in 2016, and also installed as a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral the same year. Miss Arlow has been a barrister since 1997, has a degree in Canon Law from Cardiff University and is an experienced Ecclesiastical Lawyer. 


The work of the Chancellor

Each Diocese has an ecclesiastical court - the Consistory Court - and this is presided over by the Chancellor. The Chancellor is appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, but remains independent. Much of the Chancellor’s work deals with national faculty legislation, controlling works to and around consecrated churches and churchyards.

The Chancellor also sets the parameters for Churchyard Regulations, which are specific to each Diocese. This work is administered by and through the Diocesan Registry. The Chancellor sometimes hears disputed matters in open court. In addition, Common Marriage licences are issued under the Chancellor’s Seal and general legal advice is provided for the bishop in the role of Vicar-General.


 Batt & Broadbent

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