Welcome to Cornwall Historic Churches Trust

About Us

CHCT’s essential task is to support the historic fabric of religious buildings throughout the Duchy. Parishes can apply to us for funds which will go towards the restoration and repairs of Cornish churches.
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Grants

We offer grants, primarily for fabric repairs, to Cornish churches of all denominations which are used as places of worship. Unfortunately we cannot help closed churches or chapels. In February 2023 we launched Grants for a Hostile Climate: Maintenance and Kickstart Scheme which will continue into 2024. Jill Hore from Par PCC writes "We do hope that other churches seize the opportunity to apply, as – like us in Par – the church congregation no longer feels safe climbing on long ladders in order to clear gutters as part of the routine maintenance each year."
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CHURCH OF THE MONTH

Rock Methodist Chapel,

A Wesleyan Methodist preachers plan dated 1840, records that there was a Methodist chapel in Rock at that time, and the St Minver tithe map records the chapel site just 100 metres north west of the present chapel. On the western external wall of the present chapel is a slate plaque reading ’Wesleyan chapel 1841’ presumably removed from the original chapel. By 1854, a new chapel had been built on the opposite side of the Rock Road, and in 1902 the third and present chapel was constructed and opened in 1904.
Nowadays the chapel is surrounded by modern development and second homes on either side, although from the rear of the building, fine views of the Camel estuary and Padstow can be seen. Aware that the roof was in need of urgent repair the congregation had taken out a loan and work had started before they knew that CHCT would grant £6,000 towards the project at our January Grants Meeting. We applaud their commitment to keep their chapel open.
For more information visit chct.info/histories/rock-st-minver-methodist-chapel/

GET INVOLVED

Beating the bounds at Ladock

Why your support is essential

To enable us to offer the invaluable assistance for the preservation of our Cornish heritage, we need every church in the Duchy to support and work with us so that we can be there for all in times of need.

To support more projects, we need more funds and your community can help. If each of our 218 parishes could fundraise just £100 a year for CHCT we would have in excess of £20,000 additional funding to offer annually.  Find out more here.

Cornwall Churches Day

Our main fundraising event is Cornwall Churches Day which can be held at any time during the year. We hope all parishes will get involved and raise some essential funds for both themselves and CHCT.
Find out more here.

£200 was raised for CHCT and the same for Veryan church.
A celebration of cupcakes!

Next CHCT Event

Next Community Event

Recent Fundraising

Thanks to our sponsors Bonhams and Jonathan Cunliffe and all who helped on the night our Christmas Drinks Party at Scorrier on 18th December 2023 raised around £6,000. More information here

A huge thank you to all the communities who raise funds for us. Your support really does make a difference and together we can help to keep Cornish churches & chapels open for future generations.
See recent fundraising results here.

EXPLORE CORNISH CHURCHES

St Winnow, Lostwithiel PL22 0LF

Church Histories

Over the years, CHCT has been encouraging individual parishes to write a local history of their church. This is a short, informative piece and is written by the local parish with the help of our historian and archivist.

Is your local church missing from the archive? Full details of how to send us your information are included in the archive here.

Arches in the Decorated Style

Reading Cornish Churches

Over the past three years, thanks to Joanna Mattingly, we have been privileged to be addressed by renowned experts on different stages of church architectural development. To date we have worked through the Romanesque, Early English and Decorated periods. In 2021 we hope to move on to Perpendicular period. We have records of the lecture notes from each talk which you can view here.

Visit an interesting selection of churches on a guided drive

Drive About Tours

The annual driveabouts are created by Carole Vivian as a way of discovering 3-4 churches in a day. She writes about the history of the buildings and features to look out for and directs you from one church to another with suggestions for good places to stop for lunch en route. Trails from previous years are available for a donation of £5. Find out more here.

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