Church Ownership

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Gordon Prentice Gordon Prentice Labour, Pendle

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many churches are in the ownership of the Church of England.

Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church of England has 16,200 church buildings. About 12,200 of these are listed by the Government as being of special architectural or historic interest, including around 45 per cent. of all Grade I and 20 per cent. of all Grade 2 buildings.

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