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St Helen's, Skeffling

This medieval church in Holderness recently came into our care

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Welcome to the
Friends of Friendless Churches

We rescue and protect historic places of worship in England and Wales

Over the centuries, churches have fallen out of use for many reasons. But we believe that these buildings represent the spiritual and artistic investment of generations, that they belong to all of us, and should be preserved for the future. We currently care for 60 places of worship in England and Wales.

Follow the link to learn more about what we do and why we do it.

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News & Events

FoFC In the News

Our people and places have been featured in several publications and websites recently, including The Spectator, The Telegraph, Atlas Obscura and the Heritage Open Days website.

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Glazing glory

We are delighted that the new stained-glass window at St Peter's, Wickham Bishops in Essex has been commended for artistic craftsmanship in the 2021 Maldon Conservation & Design Awards.

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Culture Recovery Fund Success!

We are overjoyed to announce that Friends of Friendless Churches has been awarded £1.54m from the Culture Recovery Fund programme for major repairs! 

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Stories from our churches

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Friends of Friendless Churches


We’re an independent charity and receive no government funding in England, and a modest grant in Wales. With your support, we can continue to save vulnerable churches.


Leave a legacy

If you have a passion for historic churches, please consider leaving the Friends of Friendless Churches a gift in your will and help protect our heritage for future generations.



Do you live near one of our churches? We’re always happy to receive offers of hands-on help, so please get in touch if you would like to get involved.


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