The listed buildings of the churches of the UK have played a central role in their communities through centuries of our history. These are places of celebration, culture, commemoration and community gatherings, places of sanctuary and worship, and a resource for people of all faiths and none. They constitute some of the most inspiring architectural and landscape elements of our historic environment, and provide a foundation for views of our country which are recognised throughout the world. With the majority of these church’s being nationally recognised as being of outstanding architectural and historical interest, maintenance and repair of these beautiful and important buildings represents a serious challenge.
Churches in the UK can be categorised into 3(three) sizes: small parish churches, large parish churches and cathedrals. A large proportion of these churches are now listed and are typically physically very large and of exceptional heritage significance, hence the scale of their need for repair and maintenance is considerable. However unlike cathedrals, which all have paid, professional staff, this cannot be assumed about major parish churches, which should therefore be considered alongside all other parish churches.
Churches are complex buildings, constructed using traditional skills and materials that are expensive to maintain and repair. These buildings have enormous historic significance in the UK’s past and in order to assure their future, significant restoration and conservation works need to be carried out.
In a recent poll it was found that half of the British public would consider the closure of their nearest church a significant loss to their local community.
CRL Restoration would like to work with the UK public to restore and maintain these churches for the use and benefit of our future generations.