Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v Henning (Valuation Officer): CA 1962

The court was asked whether a Mormon Temple was a public place of worship. Lord Denning MR rejected an argument that the Temple was merely a church hall: ‘The short answer is that this temple is not a church hall, chapel hall nor a similar building. It is not in the least on the same footing as a church hall or chapel hall. It is a very sacred sanctuary, quite different from a building of that category.’ Donovan LJ said that the Temple was: ‘far too important in the life of the Mormon Church’ to be described as a building similar to a church hall or chapel hall.


Lord Denning MR, Donovan and Pearson LJJ


[1962] 1 WLR 1091


England and Wales

Cited by:

Appeal fromChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints v Henning (Valuation Officer) HL 1964
The House was asked whether the Mormon Temple at Godstone was exempt from rates as a ‘place of public religious worship’.
Held: The words could not apply to places used for religious worship from which the public was excluded.
Lord Pearce . .
CitedGallagher (Valuation Officer) v Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints HL 30-Jul-2008
The House considered whether certain properties of the Church were subject to non-domestic rating. Various buildings were on the land, and the officer denied that some fell within the exemptions, and in particular whether the Temple itself was a . .
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Rating, Ecclesiastical

Updated: 05 May 2022; Ref: scu.272216