The church of St Mary was heavily restored in 1853, which Blomefield said succeeded ‘a very little, mean edifice’. The...
The Trust leases twelve churches from the Diocese of Norwich and one from the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia. Whist all of these churches are “closed”, in that they are no longer used for regular services, have no clergy attached to them and are no longer part of the parish system, they are as far as possible open for visitors during daylight hours: more information can be found on each church’s page. We are responsible for ensuring that the churches are weather-tight and insured.
Occasional services are held in these churches. In some cases they are arranged by the local community and clergy, and in others by one of the Trust’s Chaplains. Services are publicised on the Events page of the website. Weddings and Baptisms also take place in our churches, usually for people with a family connection with the church: they can be arranged with the local priest.
We welcome local community involvement with the churches we care for, and are indebted to the local volunteers who act as key holders so the churches can be kept open to visitors during daylight hours as far as possible. If you are planning a visit, it may be worth checking with the key holders before setting out.
22nd December 2022: Please note that St Peter’s West Rudham has had to be closed for the foreseeable future due to serious structural concerns.