The Church of England's buildings form the nation's single largest 'estate' of built heritage.
Churches are the most public indication of the Church's role in the community, both as the places in which public worship takes place and as a focus for many events which reach beyond the worshipping congregation to society at large. They have also been integral to this country's history and development.
Though first and foremost places of worship, churches are also often the oldest building in a settlement still in continual use. Many are the largest, most architecturally complex, most archaeologically sensitive, and most visited building in their village, town or city.
With the help of their tireless volunteers, church buildings across the country are continuing to contribute to their wider communities in increasingly diverse ways.