A Georgian town meeting house completed in 1816 and used today both by Kendal Quaker Meeting and the Quaker Tapestry Museum.
Keeping churches open and in use
A £3.6 million investment in our grants scheme by the Government's Heritage Stimulus Fund means that 32 more historic churches and meeting houses are safe for future. It is a great example of a project that helps keep churches open and in good repair.
Find out more
- Full details about our Heritage Stimulus Fund project
- Read our Case Studies booklet, which examines five of the projects in detail
- Watch our specially commissioned films that tell the stories of some of these amazing churches and the work which has taken place to keep them open for the future.
Heritage at Risk Register
Working closely with Historic England, our expert knowledge and excellent contacts with churches meant that we were able to fast track these really important grants to places of worship that needed urgent repairs. One of the great outcomes of the funding is that it will help remove nine churches from the Heritage at Risk Register.
Two rounds of funding delievered
The National Churches Trust received two rounds of funding. The first, in November 2021, helped 15 places of worship, including Quaker Meeting Houses and buildings belonging to the Church of England and the United Reformed Church.
A second round of funding, awarded in February 2022, kept 17 more historic churches safe for future and also provided a funding uplift to churches who benefitted from the first round of funding.
The support of Historic England and from the UK Government's Department for Culture, Media & Sport has been tremendously important in ensuring this vital work can take place.
A spectacularly beautiful building, completed in around 1420, Grade I Listed St Mary's church receives £36,000 to fund urgent repairs to gutters, masonry and plaster.
A £584,189 grant will fund urgent roof and stonework repairs at this the Grade I church and help remove the church from the Heritage at Risk register.