The Ipswich Historic Churches Trust's primary objective is the preservation and maintenance of redundant churches of all denominations which are of historical or architectural value, for public benefit.
The Trust was established in 1979 following wide concern by the Council and local people that four of the finest medieval churches in the town centre were about to become redundant as places of worship.
In 1981, the churches of St Lawrence, St Peter, St Clement and St Stephen were passed to the Council by the Church Commissioners for a nominal sum and then offered to the Ipswich Historic Churches Trust on long leases. The intention was that the Trust would undertake repairs and find appropriate new uses. St Nicholas became redundant in 1985 and was also passed to the Trust via the Borough Council.
All five churches are listed as Grade II* for their special architectural and historic interest and are considered of outstanding importance not just in their own right but also for their contribution to the street scene.
Visit the Ipswich Historic Churches Trust website for more information about the Trust’s work and how to become a member.