The Norfolk Churches Trust was founded in 1976 to protect through financial aid and advice the many architecturally precious religious monuments of the county. The Trust was established with £300 borrowed from the Norwich Society in response to a sudden increase in churches becoming redundant, particularly in Norwich, where many ecclesiastical buildings were being converted into homes. To prevent this happening elsewhere in the county, Lady Harrod founded the Norfolk Churches Trust with the aim of preserving Norfolk’s historic legacy of medieval churches and keeping them open as places of worship.
Today the Trust gives grants to churches of all Christian denominations. It also provides advice and guidance on church buildings when requested, and in some cases pro-actively approaches a parish where the condition of the church is thought to be of serious concern.