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Your favourite churches

Welcome to your favourite churches!

We would love for you, our friends, supporters of the National Churches Trust and anyone who loves churches to chose your favourite church. 

We already have one that evokes childhood memories, another that never fails to catch a photographer's attention. We have Norfolk giants to Italian look a likes. So, why not grab a coffee, take a seat and join us on a journey around the UK visiting your favourite churches and chapels. 

Is your church included? If not, we really would love to hear from you! Please submit either your favourite church, chapel or meeting house. Simply email us with your choice and a photograph.

Every church has a story to tell.

Your favourite churches

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St Michael, Bullington, Hampshire

A beautiful little riverside gem idyllically located in close proximity to an old water mill. It is steeped in history and strikingly picturesque whatever the season or weather. Come and see!

Martin Allen

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St Peter, Llanbedr, Gwynedd

It is a lovely spiritual building with such a calming effect when you enter, even in the depths of Winter.

Gwenda Williams

Trevor Harris
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St Cuthbert, Great Salkeld, Cumbria

Our ancient church is the very heart of our village which is set in the beautiful Eden Valley. Whilst its fortified peel tower tells of more turbulent times, it is a tranquil holy place that inspires all who visit.

Peter Pickthall

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St Andrew, Little Snoring, Norfolk

I love the round tower - I live in Lincolnshire and love our churches but our county only has two round towers so I have to travel to the neighbouring county for my favourite.

J McLoughlin

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St Tanwg, Llandanwg, Gwynedd

It is a place of encounter known in Welsh as ‘thin place’ filled with the prayers and praise from 1500 years of prayers and pilgrims, its beauty is in its simplicity.

Pamela Odam

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Margam Abbey, Margam, Glamorgan

A simply beautiful former Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1147 by Robert Earl of Gloucester , a spiritual experience of medieval mindfulness and sublime architecture.

Rhian Ashton

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St Mary, Cottingham, Yorkshire

I attended this church whilst a student in Hull and on this day 2 years ago I proposed to my wife on one of the benches by the main door.

Ben Elliot-Hill

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St Mary, Beverley, Yorkshire

Its pilgrim hare carved around 1335, with his scallop shell satchel, reminds me of all the journeys I’ve been on and the journeying I’ll do in the future after lockdown is over.

Roland Deller

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Ewenny Priory Church, Bridgend, Glamorgan

This is my local church but is also remarkable because only the west end is the parish church which links us straight back to Henry VIII and the Dissolution of the monasteries.

Alex Glanville

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St Saeran, Llanynys, Denbighshire

The view from the plain glass east window, for 40 minutes on Sunday evening, watching the light dance across the altar online is beautiful and brings such a sense of peace.

Tad Huw Bryant

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All Saints, Rudston, Yorkshire

Nothing prepares you for seeing the sleeping giant megalith that rests in the churchyard, the single largest standing stone in Britain watching over this area like a silent sentinel.

Neil Harvey

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All Souls, Halifax, Yorkshire

Its massing of forms and the elegance of its composition and proportion and the richness and apposite design of its interior fitments and space make it outstanding.

Michael Brough

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High Cross, Camberley, Surrey

It is a 7-day-a-week friendly, inclusive and welcoming community. Physically located at the centre of Camberley, but striving to be the church at the heart of community.

Pam Ledger

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St Mary, Mundon, Essex

With its curious timber-framed skirt it could almost pass as a space-ship. Certainly, when one encounters it at the end of a winding road it looks as though it simply landed on earth.

John Whitworth

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St Cuthbert, Elsdon, Northumberland

Rich with stories - fallen from the Battle of Otterburn were laid to rest here, three mysterious horses skulls found in its bellcote and Capability Brown's parents were married here.

Jo Scott

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St Petroc, Timberscombe, Somerset

It welcomed my husband and I so generously when we moved here 10 years ago today. Since then it has become an important part of our lives, and with a wonderful community.

Marion Jeffrey

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St Martin, Fivehead, Somerset

I love this church, it is named after St Martin. There is a lovely picture of him to the right of the stained glass window, depicting him giving half his cloak to a beggar.

Ellen Balmer

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St Paul, Harlow, Essex

The wonderful John Piper Mosaic depicting the risen Christ on the Emmaus Road is enormous. Being a mosaic you have to look carefully to discern what is depicted.

Martin John Harris

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St John the Baptist, Axbridge, Somerset

This magnificent church is full of wondrous delights. Hours spent discovering a multitude of ancient features and staring up in admiration at the stunning blue Jacobean nave roof.

Emma Brown

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St John the Baptist, Frome, Somerset

From Saxon simplicity to medieval glory, followed by radical puritan simplification and then nineteenth century restoration and decoration- there is so much history,

Emma Brown

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St Mary, Gressenhall, Norfolk

During my annual eight-day holiday in the UK, just walking towards the church did it for me. I thought this was a lovely approach to the church with a dramatic sky behind.

Marcel Pelt

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St Michael, St Michael on Wyre, Lancashire

A charming, creaky medieval church with palpable historicity. Fragments of a 14th century wall painting of the Ascension, through to superbly understated stained glass.

James Alexander Cameron

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St John, Leeds, Yorkshire

I love its striking interior woodwork - it's such an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of Leeds.

Charles Brungardt

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St Mary, Hemington, Somerset

A beautiful building, I can see it from my home, until recently my wife Jane helped organise the annual flower festival in the church during Hemington Open Weekend.

Jeremy Walwin

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St David, Wettenhall, Cheshire

St David's is all about the people, always has been and always will be. Our lovely Revd Anne Lawson took the photo on St. David's day, the flag flying. In the heart of the Cheshire plains it is very windy.

Helen Moss

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Thicket Priory, Thorganby, Yorkshire

Belonging to nuns of the Carmelite Order, the church captures something of their charism. It is simple and modern yet contains beautiful stained glass from the 11th century Cistercian monastery on which the church now stands.

Christian Kendall-Daw

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St Silas, Kentish Town, Greater London

Why is it my favourite church? Because I worship here. Designed on the Basilican model, it has a wide nave affording the whole congregation an uninterrupted view of the sanctuary and pulpit; the altar being the centre of the apse.

John Salmon

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St Michael, Great Tew, Oxfordshire

It has something for everyone, a much loved building which tells the story of thirty five generations of local people through medieval effigies, memorial brasses and funeral hatchments.

John Vigar

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St Nonna, Altarnon, Cornwall

Medieval with a complete set of medieval carved pew ends, reconstructed medieval/Victorian rood screen, and an organ that I overhauled & installed with a decorated case from a former chapel.

David Gridley

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