Welcome to the The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust

The Cornwall Historic Churches Trust (CHCT) was formed in 1955 to assist in the restoration and repair of Cornish churches which have architectural or historic merit.  Our patron is HRH the Duke of Cornwall.

The Trust has limited capital and resources and its work can only continue and be effective through the generosity and support of our Friends in Cornwall and beyond. The Trust is a registered charity and churches and chapels of all denominations are eligible to apply for assistance. For more information about the Trust, go to About Us.

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Join us, become a friend

Would you like to play an active role in supporting us? If so, become a Friend of the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust.

Click here to find out more.

Communities Preserving Churches

We are passionate about helping communities to preserve their churches and chapels for future generations; providing advice, support and grants to help them. But to enable us to do this we need the support of our Cornish churches communities.

In 2018 we awarded more than £80,000 in grants to churches and chapels in need and helped them raise additional funds from other sources.  However it is sobering to note that the total project costs for these churches was just shy of £2,000,000.

To support more projects we need more funds and your community can help. If each of our 250 parishes could fund raise just £100 a year for CHCT we would have an additional £25,000 to offer in support. Now imagine if each parish could raise £200 or even £400. We could double the amount of support we could offer!

So we are asking if alongside your usual fundraising events could you put on one event each year where you donate 50% of the funds you raise at that event to CHCT. Think of it like an insurance policy, helping us to continue support communities in preserving their churches and chapels and keeping us there for when you need that support.

Find out more on our Fundraising Page.

Church Histories Project

duloesmallPublish your church's history on our website

Look at the Church Histories section and explore the map showing those churches and chapels which have contributed to this project so far. You'll find details of who to get in touch with.

We can put you in touch with our historian and archivist if you need help with writing your history, and we can provide photographs if necessary.

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Our website is kindly sponsored by:

Scott & Co is an independent practice of Chartered Building Surveyors concentrating on Building Surveying and Building Conservation who work on listed buildings and non listed properties for private and corporate clients, trusts, charities and churches.

They survey and report upon repairs, prepare detailed plans for submission to the council for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consents, draw up specifications, tender and administer projects on site. A personal service from inception to completion.

They are based in Truro and work throughout Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.