Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why doesn't HCT take on Anglican Buildings?

Historic Chapels Trust was founded to take on non-Anglican places of worship of historic significance and we are the only trust in England doing this. There are more than forty trusts rescuing Anglican churches.

Can we put on events at your chapels?

Yes! Many of our Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses welcome events such as meetings, concerts and ceremonies. Facilities, capacity and availability vary widely and we keep charges realistic.  Go here to make an enquiry.

Do you give grants?

We don't have funds to give grants.  In fact, we spend a lot of time and energy raising funds for our own buildings. To support our work go here

Can my group visit?

We welcome group visits but please let the chapel know in advance - to ensure there are no building works on your chosen date. If you enjoy it please leave a donation.

Do you get money from the churches or Government?

We get neither - unlike the scheme for the Church of England which receives both. We do receive grants from Historic England (which is ultimately funded by the Government) but have to bid annually for these case by case.

Who looks after your buildings?

We are fortunate in having 200 loyal volunteers living near to our buildings, across England. They help as keyholders, champions, guides and event organisers. Conservation accredited architects and surveyors supervise repairs and restoration.

Do you charge admission?

We do not charge admission for private visits, but we hope you will leave us a donation. For commercial and group visits we may make a charge. At concerts and events in our buildings admission charges and ticketing usually apply.

Will you take on more chapels?

At present we are not able to take on any more churches, chapels and meeting houses until we have restored those we already own. The only exception might be if a chapel was offered to us with a really substantial endowment fund.

Are you a religious charity?

We are a secular charity - so it is not our charitable objective to promote religion. Since we only look after places of worship this may seem strange. But it helps us deal equally with all denominations. At our buildings religious uses (weddings and worship) have equal status with secular uses (meetings or concerts).

Where do you operate?

In England only. We have sister organisations in Wales and Scotland.

Why are your buildings important?

The reasons are as various as our churches, chapels and meeting houses. Some are important for their architecture, some for what they represent to the story of religious belief and practice. Many are important for both.

Are your buildings listed?

All are Grade I or Grade II* listed buildings, so among the 8% most important of all listed buildings.

Can I get married in your buildings?

Yes - Religious marriages are available in seven of our twenty buildings. Under UK law we cannot offer civil ceremonies. However, you can have a blessing or celebration at one of our buildings, following a civil marriage at the town hall or registry office. Go here for details.

Who runs Historic Chapels Trust?

The charity's Trustees have ultimate responsibility and there is a tiny staff team. Most of our buildings benefit greatly from the support of volunteers, who help us look after them and put on events.

Can I see your accounts?

Certainly. Accounts for the last five years are available to view on the Charity Commission website. They may be downloaded free of charge.