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.