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, and the industrial centres of the Potteries and the Black Country, and their churches range from pre-Norman village churches over 1000 years old to masterpieces of Victorian Gothic. These buildings, each one of them unique, are still loved and treasured, even by those who choose not to attend them regularly.
There are over 500 churches in Staffordshire; about one third are listed as Grade I or Grade II* buildings of historic importance.
But the price of this beauty and history is high. It costs a lot of money to keep a church in good repair. Weather takes its toll on stonework, brickwork and roofing. Gutters, woodwork and 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 church buildings are expensive.
SHCT exists to help fund this work, and at the same time remind people what a wonderful heritage of church buildings we have in our county
You can help by joining the Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust.
To see the Annual Report for 2017/18 please click here SHCT Annual Report Friends Newsletter 2018