Churches!


Site of the Ecclesiological Society  - for those who love churches
The Ecclesiological Society, founded in 1879, is the successor of the Cambridge Camden Society more . . .
Welcome!

Whether you are an expert on churches and their architecture, or merely curious, welcome! Please contact us with any questions - we will do our best to answer, without charge.

Online since 1998 - and it shows! This website was ahead of its time once, but is now sorely in need of a redesign and bringing up to modern standards. We are working on it. In the meantime, enjoy the content, and the chance to browse in the style of a bygone age.

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TUESDAY 27 MAY:
 VISIT TO CUDDESDON
- ALL WELCOME

Details on our events page, here.
TRUSTS

We are looking for examples of Trusts owning just one church or chapel building, mainly to preserve it for public benefit and enjoyment. Do you know of any? - please let us know.

BEST MODERN CHURCHES
 The winning entry in the recent Best Modern Churches competition was St Paul’s Church, Bow Common in the East End of London. Details here.
APP
A new version of an Android app (‘Keyholder’) has been developed which displays opening information for visitors and tourists to Church of England churches, and much other information. It is available on the Play Store.


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Site of the month
image of the month Fascinating  links
Publications 



The future
With slowly declining congregations (in common with many Christian denominations), what will happen to our Church of England church buildings?  churches future (including downloads). . .
This site . . .
publications/download  download free publications . . .
picture essays  short articles about various aspects of churches . . .

research resources feel free to use our  selection of research links . . .
news and gossip recent stories, both serious and gossipy . . .
conferences  information about our annual conferences
events  a large number of events related to church buildings . . .
site of the month  each month we select an outstanding site for you to enjoy . . .
image of the month  an image every month, with short commentary . . .
links  an outanding collection of links to individual churches and collections of churches
organisations  other organisations connected with church buildings etc . . .
current issues  issues connected with churches (for their future see churches future)
about us the Ecclesiological Society - we give a warm welcome to new members . . .
members' page  of interest mainly to members
contact
how to contact us

Help with . . .
If you can't find the sort of thing you are looking for on this site, try our Help with . . .  page, which has links to several useful sites, including the excellent Churchcrawler chat site, and helpful hints for those looking after churches and applying for grants.
Update policy
In theory updated every two months.  This page last updated Feb 2014.  See what's new.

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Interest in church liturgy can be historic, such as an interest in the Sarum liturgy, or the liturgy of York or Canterbury - that is, medieval church liturgy. The interest might stretch further back, to the liturgies of the Church Fathers. Or it might be an interest in liturgy for today's church - modern liturgy if you will, including the reordering of churches (sometimes spelt re-ordering of churches). Included in the concept of liturgy is the selection of church music, church vestments, ceremonial, the degree of congregational participation, church processions as well as the liturgical arrangement of the sacred space - and these factors can be all be present by their absence.
Church architecture and parish church architecture (the architecture of parish churches)
The Ecclesiolgical Society has members who are particularly interested in medieval church architecture, particularly of parish churches. Others specialise in Saxon architecture (that is to say, English pre-Romanesque) or Norman architecture (Romanesque architecture, partcularly of churches). Yet others will be interested in Carolingian church architecture, of which a substantial amount survives on the Continent of Europe. Other periods also interest our members, including the Georgian period. Many of them love the Victorian period, though asking who is the best Victorian church architect is likely to start a vigorous debate! Modern church architecture is also studied, and twentieth century church architecture.