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What is 'Taking Stock'?

Taking Stock is a project of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. 

This website contains details about every Catholic church that has been part of a Taking Stock report. The reports have been commissioned separately by each diocese. Each church has its own page showing images of the church; text about the church; and details including its Listing status and architect. 

The purpose of Taking Stock is to provide an architectural and historical audit of the Roman Catholic churches in England and Wales. It is intended to be an aid to the dioceses, to parishes, to the statutory authorities, and to the general public when questions arise involving proposed changes to, or possible closure of, churches. It provides a framework within which decision-making can take place, so that historical and architectural considerations can be balanced alongside pastoral and financial considerations. It should be stressed that this is not a pastoral review of the Church in England and Wales, nor is it a condition survey of the building stock. 

Taking Stock began in 2005, and has been undertaken on a diocese-by-diocese basis. There are 22 dioceses in England and Wales. Therefore Taking Stock is a snapshot of the dioceses at the time that the report was made. It is not always possible to update individual details or pictures of churches, however, if you see something on this website that you think should be changed, please use the Contact Us page. 

All dioceses in England have completed a Taking Stock report, with the exception of East Anglia which is being undertaken. The Welsh dioceses are also having reports created. The pages for churches in East Anglia and the Welsh dioceses will be published on this website when they are completed. 

Taking Stock is a partnership between the Patrimony Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, individual Catholic dioceses, and Historic England.