Care of Churches

There are nearly two hundred churches in our diocese, many of which are included on Cadw’s List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Often, our churchyards and burial grounds are even older than the church buildings that occupy them today.  They are special places that bear witness to a continuing tradition of Christian worship in Wales, stretching back more than 1000 years. We have a duty to ensure that our sacred places are appropriately managed, maintained and adapted so that their special qualities can be appreciated now and by future generations. Detailed guidance on church care and maintenance may be found here.

The Care of Churches Team provides support for those who look after our church buildings on a day-to-day basis.  Isabel Thompson and Kath Hilsden can advise on all aspects of church buildings including maintenance, faculties and permissions, quinquennial inspections, and heritage grants.

For help with anything relating to the care of church fabric or churchyards, please click on the above links, call the Diocesan Office on 01633 267490 or email Isabel or Kath.

Please be aware that, with the exception of general maintenance, permission is required for most works within our churches and churchyards. This includes like-with-like repairs to church buildings. Please contact the Care of Churches Team as soon as possible, if you are unsure about how this affects your plans.

In the event of an emergency, outside office hours, please contact your Archdeacon.