Welcome to England's Christian Heritage

We aim to provide a guide to all places of interest associated with well-known Christians in English history. We hope this will prove useful to all visitors, including overseas tourists, pastors, teachers and students of Church history.

William Wilberforce by Sir Thomas Lawrence oil on canvas, 1828Elizabeth Fry by Samuel Drummond watercolour on ivory, circa 1815David Livingstone by Frederick Havill oil on canvas, after 1873

Images Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Wesley after George Romney oil on canvas, (1789)John Bunyan by Thomas Sadler oil on canvas, 1684

  • Find where they lived!
  • Walk where they walked!
  • Pray where they prayed!

Select a county or region and find out which famous Christians were born, lived, worked or died in your area.

  • Who built a "prophet's chamber" in Cornwall for travelling preachers, reminiscent of the story in 2 Kings 4?
  • Where is a statue of the first native American Christian convert, also celebrated in a Disney film?
  • In which church are there signs of the platform built for the trial of Thomas Cranmer?
  • Who was the maker of shoe-lasts who translated the Bible into Chinese?
  • Where was the hymn "Abide with Me" written?

Discover the answers to these and many other questions.

Please send us your comments , with any suggestions for addtions or alterations to the website

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God" Hebrews 12,1-2


About us

England's Christian Heritage is not affiliated to any church or group. We take a Protestant and evangelical view of church history, but the guide covers early Roman, Celtic and Saxon Christians, Reformers, Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Independents and Quakers, together with well-known missionaries, hymn-writers and philanthropists. The guide covers England only, not Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, but we now provide a separate website for Wales (www.waleschristianheritage.org.uk).

The guide is about people not buildings. Famous churches or cathedrals are only mentioned if there is an association with a particular person.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to include information on opening times, disabled access or other facilities. Wherever possible visitors should check details in advance. Churches, especially in rural areas, may be kept locked but often a keyholder lives nearby.

Houses and other places mentioned may still be privately owned and not open to the public. If you visit, please respect the privacy of the owners and do not trespass on private property.

For general Tourist Information, visitors should consult www.information-britain.co.uk or www.visitbritain.co.uk

Every effort has been made to check the accuracy of the information. We apologise for any errors. England's Christian Heritage is copyright. Single copies of individual county guides may be printed for personal use only.

Mark Shephard (author and webmaster)