Archaeology and Ruins
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Archaeology and Ruins

The more completely we understand the history and archaeology of a church, its churchyard and the surrounding environment, the greater our appreciation becomes of why a particular place is unique.

Also, understanding the history of a church can help parishes to recognise when proposed works of maintenance or development may have archaeological implications, and thus reduce delay and cost whilst avoiding damaging and potentially expensive mistakes.

Click here to access our in-depth guidance on archaeology.

Ruins and Ruined Churches

Ruins - and ruined churches in particular - are a common and treasured feature of the English countryside, and have great archaeological and ecological significance and potential

Click here for our guidance on Ruined Churches - Problem or Opportunity, which covers this issue in depth

Research has shown that there are between 150 and 200 ruins within the Faculty Jurisdiction, including some "flat" sites. This list provides an overview of their location, condition and history