Researching buildings

David Parsons (1998) Churches and Chapels: Investigating Places of Worship. Council for British Archaeology.

Thomas Cocke, Donald Findlay, Richard Halsey and Elizabeth Williamson (1996) Recording a Church: An Illustrated Glossary. Council for British Archaeology.

Clive Fewins (2005) The Church Explorer's Handbook. Canterbury Press.

Pamela Cunnington (1998: 2nd ed) How Old is that Church? Alphabet and Image Ltd.

Mark Child (1976) Discovering Church Architecture: A Glossary of Terms. Shire Publications.

Patricia Dirsztay (2001) Church Furnishings: A NADFAS Guide. Routledge.

Richard Taylor (2004) How to Read a Church. Rider & Co.

Joseph Elders (2004) Revealing the Past, Informing the Future: A Guide to Archaeology for Parishes. Church House Publishing.

Richard S Brun (1999) A Guide to the Photography of Church Furnishings. Church House Publishing.

Ecclesiastical architecture

Sharman Kadish (2006) Jewish Heritage in England. English Heritage.

Christopher Martin (2006) A Glimpse of Heaven: Catholic Churches of England and Wales. English Heritage.

Christopher Stell (Various) An Inventory of Nonconformist Chapels and Meeting-Houses. RCAHM.

George W Dolbey (1964) The Architectural Expression of Methodism: The First Hundred Years. Epworth.

Anthony Jones (1996: 2nd ed) Welsh Chapels. Sutton Publishing.

Jeremy Lake (2001) Diversity and Vitality: the Methodist and Nonconformist Chapels of Cornwall. Cornwall County Council.

Graham Hague (1986) The Unitarian Heritage: An Architectural Survey of Chapels and Churches in the Unitarian Tradition in the British Isles. P. B. Godfrey.

Hubert Lidbetter (1995: 3rd ed) The Friends Meeting House. William Sessions Limited.

David Butler (1999) The Quaker Meeting Houses of Britain (Volumes 1 & 2) Friends Historical Society.

John Betjeman (1958) Collins Guide to English Parish Churches including the Isle of Man. Collins.

Stephen Friar (1998) A Companion to the English Parish Church. Bramley Books.

Dee Dyas (2010) The English Parish Church through the Centuries. Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture [DVD-ROM]

Colin Cunningham (1999) Stones of Witness: Church Architecture and Function. Sutton Publishing.


Charles Mynors (2006: 4th ed) Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. Sweet and Maxwell.

G Campbell (2000) Heritage Law: Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas. Palladian Law Publishing.

Department of the Environment (1994) Planning Policy Guidance Note 15: Planning and the Historic Environment. HMSO.

John Earl (2003: 3rd ed) Building Conservation Philosophy. Donhead.

J Jokilehto (1999) A History of Architectural Conservation. Butterworth-Heinemann.

The Council for the Care of Churches (2006) A Guide to Church Inspection and Repair. Church House Publishing.

The Council for the Care of Churches (2002: 2nd ed) Church Extensions and Adaptations. Church House Publishing.

English Heritage (2003) New Work in Historic Places of Worship. English Heritage.

English Heritage (2004) Easy Access to Historic Buildings. English Heritage.

English Heritage (2005) Easy Access to Historic Landscapes. English Heritage.

Lisa Foster (1997) Access to the Historic Environment: Meeting the Needs of Disabled People. Donhead.

John Penton (2001) Widening the Eye of the Needle. Church House Publishing.

Traditional building materials

Stewart Brand (1994) How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built. Viking.

Christopher Brereton (1991) The Repair of Historic Buildings: Advice on Principles and Methods. English Heritage.

Bernard Feilden (1994: 2nd ed) Conservation of Historic Buildings. Butterworth.

Richard Oxley (2003) Survey and Repair of Traditional Buildings: A Sustainable Approach. Donhead.

A R Powys (1929) Repair of Ancient Buildings. Dent (Revised and republished by SPAB in 1986).

P Robson (1999) Structural Repair of Traditional Buildings. Donhead.

R W Brunskill (2004: 3rd ed) Traditional Buildings of Britain: An Introduction to Vernacular Architecture. Orion.


Graham Jeffery (1994) The Churchwarden's Year: A Calendar of Church Maintenance. Church House Publishing.

Alban Caroe and Martin Caroe (2001) Stonework: Maintenance and Surface Repair. Church House Publishing.

Sebastian Strobl and Sarah Brown (2002) A Fragile Inheritance: The Care of Stained Glass and Historic Glazing. Church House Publishing.

A G Sage (1997) Wiring of Churches. Church House Publishing.

William Bordass and Colin Bemrose (1996) Heating Your Church. Church House Publishing.

Daryl Fowler (1992) Church Floors and Floor Coverings. Church House Publishing.

John Norman and Jim Berrow (2002) Sounds Good: A Guide to Church Organs for Incumbents, Churchwardens and PCCs. Church House Publishing.

The Council for the Care of Churches (2002) The Conservation and Repair of Bells and Bellframes. Church House Publishing.

Chris Mackay (2005) The Turret Clock Keeper's Handbook: A Practical Guide for Those Who Look After a Turret Clock. Antiquarian Horological Society.

Thomas Cocke (ed) (2001: 4th ed) The Churchyards Handbook. Church House Publishing.


Graham Jeffery (1992) Handle with Prayer: Church Cleaner's Notebook. Church House Publishing.

Peter Burman (ed) (2005) The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping: The Care of Collections in Historic Houses Open to the Public. Butterworth-Heinemann.

Peter Burman (ed) (1993) Treasures on Earth. Donhead.

The Council for the Care of Churches (2001) A Stitch in Time: Guidelines for the Care of Textiles. Church House Publishing.


Francesca Greenoak (1993) Wildlife in the Churchyard, the Plants and Animals of God's Acre. Little Brown Books.

The Council for the Care of Churches (2001) Wildlife in Church and Churchyard: Plants, Animals and Their Management. Church House Publishing.

Thomas Cocke (ed) (2001: 4th ed) The Churchyards Handbook. Church House Publishing.

David Manning (1999) ‘The Living Churchyard' from The Conservation and Repair of Ecclesiastical Buildings. (Available on the internet at

English Heritage (1998) Bats in Churches: Guidelines for the Identification, Assessment and Management of Bat-related Damage to Church Contents. English Heritage (Product Code XH20094).

Bat Conservation Trust (2000) Bats and Trees: A Guide to the Management of Trees. Bat Conservation Trust.

Gillian Sergeant (1995) The Bats in Churches Project. Bat Conservation Trust.

Frank S Dobson (1992: 3rd ed) Lichens: An Illustrated Guide to the British and Irish Species. Richmond Publishing.

Jack R Laundon (1986) Lichens. Shire Natural History.

Health and Safety

Geoff Crago and Graham Jeffery (1996) Safe and Sound: A Guide to Church Security. Church House Publishing.

English Heritage (2000) Lightning Protection for Churches: A Guide to Design and Installation. English Heritage/Ecclesiastical (Product Code XH20087).

Health and Safety Executive (2006: 4th ed) Essentials of Health and Safety at Work. HSE Books.

Health and Safety Executive (2006: Rev1) An Introduction to Health and Safety. HSE Books Leaflet INDG259.

Health and Safety Executive (2005) Managing Health and Safety: Five Steps to Success. HSE Books Leaflet INDG275.

Health and Safety Executive (2006: Rev2) Five Steps to Risk Assessment. HSE Books Leaflet INDG163.

Health and Safety Executive (2005) The Work at Height Regulations 2005: A Brief Guide. HSE Books Leaflet INDG401.

Health and Safety Executive (2005) Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders: An Employers' Guide. HSE Books Leaflet INDG402.

Health and Safety Executive (2005) Top Tips for Ladder and Stepladder Safety. HSE Books Pocket Card INDG405.


Trevor Cooper (2004) How Do We Keep Our Parish Churches? The Ecclesiological Society.

Maggie Durran (2005) Making Church Buildings Work. Canterbury Press.

Maggie Durran (2003) The UK Church Fundraising Handbook. Canterbury Press.

The Council for the Care of Churches (2003) Fundraising for Your Church Building. Church House Publishing.

Jane Grieve (1999) Fundraising For Churches. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

Martin Field and Alison Whyte (1994) Spring into Action - A Handbook of Local Fundraising. Andrew Mowbray Incorporated.