Shropshire is richly endowed with historic churches ….
There are over 350 churches in regular use, most over 700 years old. Many of our churches are Listed Buildings, which signifies that they are of outstanding architectural and historic interest. Responsibility for their maintenance and repair falls upon the individual parishes; they are not maintained or financed by the Church Commissioners, Diocese or State. In Shropshire most churches are in rural areas where the congregations are often small and need help to cope with repairs, which are often urgent and expensive. This is where the Historic Churches Trust may be able to help. The Trust grant aids churches of all denominations and of historic interest in need of repair.
There are currently 179 member churches and chapels in Shropshire. Please click here to view the list and find out a bit more about each one.
Membership is available at a small fee. Members receive an annual report on the work of the Trust and an invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting, which is held in the summer at a nominated church in Shropshire. We have a variety of social events, at least one lecture and two church tours each year, one in the Lichfield Diocese and one in the Hereford Diocese. We try to encourage and increase public awareness of Shropshire’s many beautiful churches by means of talks, visits and photographic displays in various locations.
The Trust raises funds to preserve the wonderful heritage by organising Open Garden Days and Stride + Ride events. Ride + Stride takes place on the second Saturday in September, and runs from 10am – 6pm in approximately 240 churches across the county.
To see what sort of church you might visit, are you interested in gothic architecture, simple cell chapels, stained glass windows, intricate carved woodwork? then explore churches on https://www.explorechurches.org