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Church entrance fees questioned in Parliament: The Church of England Newspaper, August 11, 2013, p 4. August 11, 2013

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Only nine of England’s 42 Cathedrals charge an entrance fee to tourists, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Sir Tony Baldry told Parliament on 4 July 2013.

In a written answer to a question submitted by the member for Hendon, Matthew Offord (Cons.) who asked what assessment had been” made of the cost to visitors of accessing religious buildings”. Sir Tony responded only nine cathedrals charged admission and “Chester Cathedral has just abolished all entry charges. Unlike the national museums none of the Church of England’s cathedral or church buildings receive grant in aid from the Government.”

Sir Tony wrote no church charged admission fees for worship services, “to those who arrive on pilgrimage or wish to pray, some give free entry on Sundays and at other times, generally early in the morning or late in the afternoon, and others give free entry to local residents or church attenders in their Dioceses.”

Only two parish churches,  St Bartholomew’s the Great in London Diocese and Holy Trinity Church, Stratford upon Avon in Coventry diocese the resting place of William Shakespeare charged fees “to recover the cost of repairing the fabric of the building due to the large volume of tourist visitors they receive.”

As of June 2013 the Cathedrals and Royal Peculiars that charged entry were: Canterbury, Coventry, Ely, Exeter, Lincoln, Oxford, St Paul’s, Winchester, York Minster, St George’s Chapel, Windsor  and Westminster Abbey, Sir Tony told Parliament.

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