PRESS RELEASE – Did you know the revenue of the Church was principally derived from the rent of pews? Like that of the clergy, it varied in amount according to the extent and the population of the parish.
In Castries there was the additional income arising from certain lots of land, called the lands of the “fabrique,” lying contiguous to that on which the church was built, and comprising about three acres.
The whole yielded an average annual income of £800 sterling, the administration to which was confided to a Marguillier or Churchwarden, who was elected annually to keep accounts subject to examination and audit by two notable parishioners.
A certain portion of this fund was applicable to the reparation and the embellishment of the sacred edifices and to various items of expenditure connected to the performance of divine worship.
In the early days of Christianity one quarter of all church revenue was set apart for the reparation of the ecclesiastica fabrica: hence the origin of the “droits de Fabrique.”
Source: St. Lucia: Historical, Statistical and Descriptive by Henry Hegart Breen – 1844