Help Save St Georges from an 18-storey neighbour!

HCT has objected strongly to an application to build an 18-storey hotel just one metre from St Georges German Lutheran Church. With its adjoining schools, St. George's is the last built relic of 'Little Germany' once the largest German speaking community outside the German lands. We think the tower will be overbearing, will block our daylight, will obstruct views, will cause oppressive overlooking and will risk of damage from falling objects from roof terrace 17 floors above us. We invite all our Supporters to write to Tower Hamlets planners to object to this scheme.  HCT's own letter of objection to Tower Hamlets Council is here  The Georgian Group, the national amenity society for 18th century buildings, is supporting HCT and has called for the scheme to be refused, see here. The Ancient Monument Society has objected to the scheme calling it 'greedy, un-neighbourly overdevelopment'. See here.


Chapels Open Weekend

Our chapels, churches and meeting houses are open over Heritage Open Day weekend, 12th & 13th September. The sole exception is Westgate Chapel where we have an unsafe ceiling. Days and opening times vary so please check details on our Chapels page or Heritage Open Day here


Bunhill Dissent

A walk on 17th September with expert guides around Old Street, London seeing Bunhill Fields, Wesley's Chapel & house and the burial place of George Fox, founding spirit of the Quakers.  Download a booking form here


Consultants Wanted

Thanks to support from Historic England HCT is commissioning Conservation Statements, Condition Surveys and a revised Asset Management Plan to help us plan a future for our chapels and fundraise for restoration & repairs. Consultants interested can obtain the Briefs and Tender details from Deputy Director steve@hct.org.uk  Tenders close 1300 on 22nd September 2015.


HCT President to be enobled

HCT's co-founder and President, Sir Alan Beith, has been nominated for a life peerage in the House of Lords. We warmly congratulate Sir Alan on this honour and feel sure he will continue to be a valued advocate for heritage and places of worship in the Upper House.


Lord Montagu 1926-2015

Edward Montagu was first Chairman of English Heritage (now Historic England) to 1992 and in that role gave personal encouragement to the founders the of Historic Chapels Trust. His agreement to grant aid the new venture enabled the charity to incoporate and take on its first properties. He died peacefully at his Beaulieu estate after a short illness.

Weddings at HCT Buildings

Marriages are available at several of our chapels:  Biddlestone, Longworth, Penrose, Salem, St George's, Todmorden, Wallasey and Walpole. Same-sex marriags are now available at Todmorden and from later this year at Salem and St George's. For details e-mail transition@hct.org.uk