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Greater Churches Network

Posted: 2012-05-22

Greater Churches Network | Historic Churches in England

There are so many organisations across Britain which focus on one aspect or another of our heritage. I just became aware of another, and this one intrigues me. The Greater Churches Network is a group of over 30 of our most historic churches - but not including cathedrals. For the most part the member churches of the GCN exhibit all the characteristics of a cathedral - historic interest, large size, lots of visitors - but they are not actually cathedrals; they are just, um, 'great' churches.

The Greater Churches Network website is geared as much towards the churches themselves as it is towards people interested in visiting these historic buildings, but there are useful resources to help you plan a trip. Included are a location map for each church, an overview of the church, and a link to each church's own website for more details.

Current members of the Greater Churches Network include:

Bath Abbey - our visit - official website
Beverley Minster - our visit - official website
Birmingham, St Martin in the Bullring - official website
Bolton Abbey - our visit - official website
Boston, St Botolph’s (Boston Stump) - our visit - official website
Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe - our visit - official website
Cambridge, Great St Mary’s, The University Church - our information - official website
Christchurch Priory - official website
Doncaster Minster - official website
Grantham, St Wulfram’s - official website
Halifax Minster - official website
Hexham Abbey - our visit - official website
Hull, Holy Trinity - official website
Kendal, Holy Trinity - official website
Lancaster Priory - our information - official website
Leeds Parish Church - official website
Ludlow, St Laurence - our information - official website
Malvern Priory - official website
Newark, St Mary Magdalene - our visit - official website
Norwich, St Peter Mancroft - our visit - official website
Nottingham, St Mary’s - official website
Romsey Abbey - our visit - official website
Rotherham Minster - official website
Selby Abbey - our visit - official website
Sherborne Abbey - our visit - official website
Shrewsbury, St Chad’s - official website
Stratford-upon-Avon, Holy Trinity - our visit - official website
Sunderland Minster - official website
Tewkesbury Abbey - our visit - official website
Warwick, St Mary's - our visit - official website
Wimborne Minster - our visit - official website

There are some fascinating churches in that group - not all of them, it must be said, are of great age or particular historical interest, but most are. Hmm, looking at the list I can see some gaping holes in the places we have managed to visit so far. Looks like time to plan more trips!

Resources:
Greater Churches Group


Hexham Abbey, Northumberland
Romsey Abbey, Hampshire
St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Heritage Traveller

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