Support for heritage buildings

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We have been entrusted with the care of many beautiful and historic churches. These have been passed down to us from previous generations, and our challenge is to care for them, maintain them and pass them on to those who come after us in at least as good a condition as that in which we received them.

Christ Church Croft benefited from ENTRUST monies to restore and enhance this lovely country church (Photo below courtesy of Gordon Fath).
Even if your church is a modern building, and unlisted, the chances are that one day it will be regarded as a historic asset, so it should be treated as such.

The idea that Faculty petitions and / or planning applications from unlisted churches are treated any less seriously than those from listed ones is a common misconception, and modern churches often contain historic artefacts which have been salvaged from closed churches.

There is a school of thought which says caring for historic churches is a drain on time and resources.  However, if properly done, it is a wonderful opportunity for outreach and for witnessing to the glory of God. A historic church is a blessing and an asset to the community it serves and, with a bit of vision and perhaps some sensitive adaptations, will continue to be so for many years to come.
Heritage Officer
Support is available for clergy, churchwardens and others who manage and maintain historic church buildings. In June 2013 Ian Simpson was appointed to the post of Heritage Officer, 75% funded by English Heritage. With a background in Facilities Management and a wealth of experience in caring for historic buildings, both ecclesiastical and secular, Ian is delighted to advise and  help with any or all of the following:
  • Grant applications for funding of repairs and / or adaptations
  • Identifying historic church buildings which are at risk
  • Statements of Need and Significance to accompany Faculty petitions
  • Opening your church to visitors and tourists
  • Writing a church guidebook
  • History projects looking at lost churches
  • Creating a maintenance plan for your church
  • Ideas for adaptations to, or additional uses for, your church building
  • Health & Safety in your church.
Ian is available to speak at Deanery Synod and similar meetings if required. He is also Vice Chairman of the Churches Visitor & Tourism Association, and is happy to advise on maximising your welcome for visitors and tourists.

You can contact Ian by emaill:, by phone: 0151 705 2127 or by mail at St. James’ House.