The Diocese of Norwich has nearly 650 churches, most of them mediaeval, and the majority of them Grade I or Grade II* listed buildings - indeed we have more of these high-grade listed churches than any other diocese in England. This is a wonderful heritage but also a great responsibility.
Each church building is managed locally by a Parochial Church Council, and the Diocese supports them, and in particular Churchwardens, Clergy and Treasurers, in the management of their places of worship.
A body of experts advise parishes over alterations to these buildings, their furnishings, and churchyards and also publish a wide range of practical guidance on specific areas and health and safety.
We also recognise the importance of these wonderful buildings to Norfolk's tourism and are pursuing a number of initiatives to make them more accessible to tourists, pilgrims and local people.
Published on: 30/01/2011