Furnishings, Inventory and Classifieds

The Diocese of Norwich has over 650 churches, 110 schools and academies and our website has more than 500 views every day. All together this provides a fantastic network to be able to swap and share resources.

The Bishop's Furnishing Officer, Caroline Rawlings, is responsible for providing help and advice to Incumbents, Priests-in-Charge and Churchwardens throughout the Diocese on their church furnishings, and for the care and redeployment of furnishings from redundant churches.

Please note faculty permission may be needed to remove or introduce items of furniture into a church.

For more information or to add any items to this listings page please contact Caroline via email or by calling 01603 882351.

Download the latest national lists of furnishings available and wanted below:

The church inventory:

  • is a list of all articles and terrier of all lands belonging to the Church, as required by law
  • is the responsibility of the churchwardens to keep up to date, including items on loan to or from the church, or lodged for safety elsewhere
  • can be written up on a Terrier Form (below), to whom a copy should be sent and any additions or losses communicated
  • should be produced by the churchwardens at the meeting of the PCC immediately prior to the annual parochial church meeting, with a signed statement that the contents are complete.


For Sale

Hymn books available

Free copies of the hymn books listed below are available - collection only 100 copies of large print Hymns Ancient and Modern Revised ( claret colour) 100 copies of Hymns for Todays Church 200 copies of Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard

Location: Castle Acre

Contact: Canon Stuart Nairn, 01760 338552, nairn.nvgrectory@btinternet.com

Wooden upholstered chairs available

180-200 chairs wooden chairs with comfortable fabric cushions and backs featuring: • Space for hymnbooks/Bibles beneath seat at front and back (missing on some) • Mechanisms for interlocking adjacent chairs • A few have shorter legs • Stackable in 4s • Condition: well used but plenty of life left in them Expected to be available for collection in early March.

Location: Holy Trinity, Norwich

Contact: Nigel Chapman, 07590 216450, Nigel@nigelchapman.co.uk


1662 Book of Common Prayer

Wymondham Abbey are looking for 25 extra copies of the 1662 Book Of Common Prayer. If you have any to spare, please contact Cherry Saunders


Contact: Cherry Saunders, csaundersemail@btinternet.com

Bible box

Gateley church has an 1840 bible which is in need of some protection. Do you have a bible box with interior dimensions of 45cm x 30cm x10cm, which would give 2-3mm of space around the bible? If so, please contact Jamie Athill


Contact: Jamie Athill, 01328 829449, jamesathill@btinternet.com

Churchwarden's staff

Christ Church, New Catton, Norwich seeks to replace a churchwarden’s staff with brass crown which was recently stolen.. It was like the one in this picture.

Location: Anywhere

Contact: Ian Hamilton, 01603 787596, hamiltonian499@gmail.com

Hymnbooks - AMNS

We are looking for approximately 8 copies of Hymns Ancient and Modern New Standard (words) + 1 music copy for use in the Diocesan House chapel. If you are changing your hymnbook and can donate a few copies, please get in touch.

Location: Diocesan House

Contact: Caroline Rawlings, 01603 882351, caroline.rawlings@dioceseofnorwich.org


All Hallows Hospital Chapel is in need of a lectern for a Book of Remembrance in their chapel for those who have died in their care. They would be very grateful either for an altar lectern, or one that stands on the floor.

Location: All Hallows Hospital Chapel, Ditchingham

Contact: Howard Green, 07879 883045, howard.green@all-hallows.org.uk

Pew runners and Green altar frontal

St Andrew's North Burlingham are looking for a green altar frontal to fit a communion table which is 30" in width, 60" long and depth/height of 39". However, the present cream cloth is suspended on rings that is 36" in depth/height. They would also like some pew runners - the pews are of various lengths, mostly 7ft, but some are 6'10", 5'6" and 5'


Contact: Sue Shillam, sue.shillam@btinternet.com

Portable font

Mulbarton church is in need of a temporary, portable font for around 18 months whilst their stone font is repaired. If you have one that could be lent for this period, please get in touch with the Revd Andrew North.


Contact: Andrew North, 01508 500343, rev.north@btinternet.com

Worship Today (500 Hymns) - words edition

Copies of Worship Today (500 hymns) - words edition are wanted by St Augustine’s Church, Norwich


Contact: Dot Lenton, 01603 627944, dotlenton@me.com