This legal anachronism gave rise to a claim of several hundred thousand pounds against an unwitting purchaser of former glebe land in a test case.  The government of the time decided to regularise the position by forcing church authorities to register at the Land Registry if they claim their neighbours should pay to repair the church.  As a result, what used to be a very, very rare occurrence has been brought to the attention of the church financial authorities who are now rushing to register their rights to make such claims before the deadline in 2013.  It means that many more people will now be at risk and there is an argument for saying that anyone who could be affected by such a claim should obtain insurance now before the claim is registered.  Insurance cover thereafter might not be available or if it is it will be at a much greater sum.  You may wish to talk to us about whether this could apply to you and if so what to do about it.