Churches Conservation Trust

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Holy Trinity, Sunderland — a Grade I listed church under the care and ownership of the Trust.

The Churches Conservation Trust is a UK charity whose purpose is to protect historic churches at risk, those that are no longer in active use by the Church of England.[1]

The Trust was established by the Pastoral Measure of 1968, initially known as the Redundant Churches Fund.[1] The legally defined object of the Trust is "the preservation, in the interests of the nation and the Church of England, of churches and parts of churches of historic and archaeological interest or architectural quality vested in the Fund ... together with their contents so vested".[2] The charity cares for over 345 churches.[1]

The Trust is financed partly by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Church Commissioners, but grants from those bodies were frozen in 2001, since when additional funding has come from other sources, including the general public. In the 12 months ending 31 March 2010 the charity's income was £6,161,653, and its spending was £6,035,871. During that year it had 44 employees, and used the services of 2,000 volunteers.[3] The charity is run by a board of trustees, who delegate the day-to-day management to a chief executive and his senior management team.[4]

The Trust's primary aims are to prevent any deterioration in the condition of the buildings and to encourage their use for appropriate activities and events, including as educational resources and heritage visitor attractions. Almost 2 million people visit the Trust's churches each year.[1] The majority of the churches remain consecrated, and many are occasionally still used for worship.

The Head Office of the Trust is located at Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL.

Lists of churches maintained[edit]

East of England[edit]

This list contains the churches in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

English Midlands[edit]

This list contains the churches in the counties of Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Northern England[edit]

This list contains the churches in the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Yorkshire.

South East England[edit]

This list contains the churches in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Greater London, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.

South West England[edit]

This list contains the churches in the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.


  1. ^ a b c d About us, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 1 April 2011 
  2. ^ Pastoral Measure 1983:Section 44(4), National Archives, 1983, retrieved 1 April 2011  (Pastoral Measure 1983 consolidates Pastoral Measure 1968 with later legislation.)
  3. ^ Churches Conservation Trust, Charity Commission for England and Wales, retrieved 20 December 2010 
  4. ^ Who we are, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 1 April 2011 

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