Advice & Guidance

Building Elements

Historic buildings are constructed from natural materials, which will eventually begin to decay. For some materials such as stone and brick the decay process may be very slow but for others, such as timber and thatch, the process may be much quicker.

ChurchIt therefore makes sense to try to ensure that the fabric of the building survives as long as possible by carrying out regular maintenance and dealing with small repairs as the need arises.

In this section we will look at the various elements that make up the fabric of our historic places of worship. You can use the links on the right-hand menu to find the information you need or you can use our virtual church to help you navigate around.


And remember - you can search for advice by topic on our tag searching page.

If you would like further help on how to look after your place of worship, don't forget that the SPAB provides a technical helpline on Monday to Friday mornings (funded partly by English Heritage).  The number to call is 020 7456 0916 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm) and 020 7043 1075 (Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm).