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Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust

Yorkshire Historic Churche Trust














The Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust was formed in 1988 by an association of Christian people who were concerned about the preservation of the county's places of Christian worship. The Trust provides funding to preserve, repair and maintain churches, their monuments and features, within Yorkshire.   


What work is the Trust doing now?  

With the help of Friends of the Trust and the general public through fundraising activities, donations and sponsor days, the Yorkshire Historic Chruches Trust is currently able to award grants amounting to approximately £100,000 a year to churches in need.

Anyone can support us by donating through our BT MyDonate page, become a Friend, or join in with fundraising activities.  The Trust's major fundraising activity is the 'Ride+Stride' sponsor day, held in September every year, where half of the money raised is given back to the churches that joined in the activities.

Alongside the fundraising and production of newsletters to keep our supporters informed, we organise architectural tours and lectures to enhance and develop knowledge about Yorkshire's churches.  The Trust further encourages 'area groups' within parts of the county whose members organise local tours to churches and other fundraising activities.


What does the Trust hope to do in the future?

More funding needs to be generated; the Trustees and Friends are acutely aware that our annual contribution is very small in the context of the expenditure identified by some 2,500 churches and chapels in Yorkshire.  We will go on working to raise the profile of the Trust so that more people become aware of the plight of the magnificent heritage of Christian churches, and we will continue to arrange an interesting and varied programme of events for our Friends and members throughout the year.

The Trust understands the sorrow and loss brought about by the closure of a local parish church or chapel and therefore, wherever possible, we wish to continue to contribute to the wellbeing of both building and community.

Holy Epiphany, Butterwick. YHCT awarded a grant for repairs to the roof.   













If you would like further information, or would like to make a donation, please visit

David A. Quick, Chairman, Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has been Patron of Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust since 2006.