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Historic Churches Commitee

What is the role of the Historic Churches Committee?

Historic Churches Committees are quasi-statutory bodies operating according to the Directory approved by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. They regulate the 'ecclesiastical exemption' from listed building control. Following due process, they can grant the equivalent of listed building consent for works to listed and conservation area churches and chapel's currently in use for Catholic worship. Due process includes consultation with English Heritage, the national amenity societies and the relevant local planning authorities.

Please scroll through the photos of the listed churches and chapels in the Diocese. Click on any image to enlarge it.

Historic Churches Commitee

Officers and members:

Rev Peter McGuire

Mr Philip Jones

Mgr William Kilgannon, Ms Ruth Harman, Mr Anthony Tranmer, Mr Richard Watts, Mr Tony Haigh, Mr James Brennan, Dr Paul Walker.


Hallam Pastoral Centre.
St Charles St, Sheffield S9 3WU
Tel: 0114 256 6405 (voice mail only)


Listed churches

The Historic Churches Committee for the Diocese of Hallam has responsibility for the following listed churches and chapels:

Read more: Listed churches

Support from the Patrimony Committee

The Historic Churches Committee is supported by the work of the Patrimony sub-committee of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Please follow this link to the Historic Churches Committee webpage of the Patrimony sub-committee.

Guidance for parishes with Listed Churches or Chapels

Please follow the links below to take you to helpful documents and websites to assist you with the care and maintenance of your listed church or chapel. (Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if any of these links do not work).

Notes and Guidance for those responsible for Listed Churches published by the Patrimony Committee.

Directory on the Ecclesiastical Exemption from Listed Building Control published by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

Care of churches and their contents - link to Patrimony Committee webpage

A Memorandum on the disposal of objects from churches published by the Patrimony Committee

Consecrated for Worship - This is the Bishops' Conference document on the building, alteration, conservation and maintenance of the Church’s places of worship. It assembles material from the liturgical books of the Roman Rite and the teaching documents and guidelines of the Holy See. In addition it applies and develops that teaching to the particular circumstances of the Church in England and Wales

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