|Chebsey All Saints||Cotes Heath St James||Kings Bromley All Saints||Burton St Modwen||Acton Trussell St James||Stafford St Mary|
The landscape of Staffordshire presents a variety of contrasting faces – from the Moorlands in the north of the county, to Cannock Chase in the south, and the Vale of Trent in the centre. In addition to this rich profusion of natural beauty, Staffordshire’s heritage includes a wealth of churches which have formed the focus of community life, often for centuries. The villages, towns and cities of historic Staffordshire include Lichfield and Stafford, each with a wealth of historic buildings, and the industrial centres of the Potteries and the Black Country, and their churches range from pre-Norman village churches over 1,000 years old to masterpieces of Victorian Gothic, being relative youngsters just over a century old. These buildings, each one of them unique, are still loved and treasured, even by those who choose not to attend them regularly
But the price of this beauty and history is high. It costs a lot of money to keep an ancient church in good repair, and old buildings deteriorate faster than new ones. Weather takes its toll on stonework, brickwork and roofing, while infestation by woodworm and death-watch beetle attacks the wooden structures of roofs and flooring. Stained glass windows also suffer from the effects of age, and require repair and restoration.
Many of the materials and techniques used in maintaining historic churches are expensive. They demand the nearly-forgotten skills of the few surviving craftsmen who are able to repair lead roofs in the traditional way, to carve and shape stone in the fashion of the original mediaeval masons, or to restore stained-glass windows to their original jewel-like beauty.
And often the burden of maintaining an ancient church is born by a small number of people, determined to preserve their building in which God is worshipped, in many cases over hundreds of years.
You can help by joining the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust.
To see the Annual Report for 2014/15 click here SHCT report 2015-2016
|Weston on Trent St Andrew||Wolverhampton St Peter||Shenstone St John the Baptist||Tutbury St Mary||Bobbington Holy Cross||