The Variety of Historic Church Buildings in the Region is Astonishing

The Christian Heritage of the North East owes its character not just to the earliest growth of the Northumbrian Church, but to the energy of the Norman conquest, the zeal of the powerful Catholic monastic orders of the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan Settlement and the strength of Anglicanism, backed later by the wealth of the Industrial Revolution. There is a growing appreciation of their value to congregations, to the community and to the visitors.  

Most churches and chapels are cared for at a local level and many are now being adapted with a new sense of purpose for the benefit of wider community use. More than ever it is important that the fabric of these buildings should be repaired and maintained in good order.

Thanks to a number of very generous legacies, we will be awarding grants across the region totalling £225,000 in 2023.

The Northumbria Historic Churches Trust (NHCT) was set up in 1980 to help keep churches across the North East in good repair, by providing grants. Many churches struggle to find the - often substantial – funding they need. That’s why our support, available to churches of all Christian denominations that are regularly open for public worship, is so important.

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Region supported by the Northumbria historic churches trust

The Work of the Trust is overseen by a board of Trustees

John Anderson


John is a patron of a small country church in Northumberland and has been a trustee of the Lord Crewe Charity for 20 years. These experiences have convinced him of the importance of the Christian faith maintaining a wide geographical footprint in all forms. John took over as Chairman on 20th. April 2023.

Margaret Stewart

Vice Chair

Margaret has been a trustee since 2015 and is currently vice chair. She is a retired NHS director and holds a number of lay roles including Chair of Citizens Advice North Tyneside and Chair of Governors at Marden High School. She enjoys walking in the country and visiting Churches along the route.

Laurie McLeman


Laurie has been a Trustee for 6 years and he is currently Treasurer. He has spent some 50 years in a wide range of construction activities. He has 30 years of experience in the Reserve Forces throughout the North East. His interest in church buildings comes from his Christian beliefs.

Joanna Pullan

Vice Treasurer

Joanna has been a trustee since moving back to her North East roots in 2017. As a RIBA accredited Conservation Architect her role as a trustee brings together her personal interest of historic buildings and her professional experience of working on church repair and restoration projects.

Mark Allison

Trustee Secretary

Mark Allison MBE is currently a Permanent Staff Administration Officer with the Ministry of Defence. He has had previous employment within the private sector and has over 40 years experience within administration services.  Mark supports the NHCT trustees and acts as first point of contact for potential applicants.