As civil courts they judge in first instance all questions connected with glebes and the erection and repair of churches and manses.
Tithe rent charge may also be merged in the land tithable, with the consent of the tithe commissioners and the landowner, by the legal and equitable owners of tithes in fee simple or fee tail, or persons having power to appoint the fee simple in tithes, or owners of glebes, or owners of lands and tithes settled to the same uses.
The benefices are almost without exception provided with good residences and glebes, and the tithes, &c., generally afford a comfortable income.
The parliamentary return of 1888 showed the value of the teinds of 876 parishes to be £375,678 and the stipends paid to amount (exclusive of manses and glebes) to £242,330.
The entire endowments of the church, including manses and glebes but not church buildings, is about £3 0,000.