The Corporation of The Church House was founded in 1888 as the Church of England's permanent tribute to Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee.  Its principal instigator, Dr Harvey Goodwin (Bishop of Carlisle), saw it as the national administrative headquarters and likened it to a

Accessibility Information

It is important to us that our site is accessible to every Internet user, irrespective of disability or special needs. Information on how people with different disabilities access the web can be found in the article "How People with Disabilities use the Web". The Corporation of the Church House also supports RNIB's Campaign for Good Web Design.

Any device or software capable of displaying Web content can access information from this website, including text-only browsers, audio browsers, screen-reading and screen magnification software. A small number of site visitors using older and non-standards-compliant browsers will notice a less visually rich site design. While all browsers will display all content, the use of these older browsers may affect how this content appears visually on the page.

Adjusting your text size

The text size used on this site can be configured within your browser. This feature may be useful if you are visually impaired or have a large or small monitor.

Your browser's default text size should look good, however, if the setting has been changed, text may appear too large or too small. Please follow the instructions below to change your text size.

Note: the instructions on this page cannot be resized to ensure they remain readable. Use the following paragraph to check your settings.

Test - this heading text can be resized

Test - this paragraph text can be resized.

Internet Explorer 5+

On browser menu, select View, then Text Size to choose an appropriate size.

Internet Explorer 4.x

On browser menu, select View, then Fonts to choose an appropriate size.

Netscape Navigator 6+

On the browser menu, select View, then Text Size to choose an appropriate size.

Netscape Navigator 4.x

On the browser menu, select View, then either Increase Font, or Decrease Font as appropriate.


On the browser menu, select View, then Zoom to choose an appropriate factor. Please note that image sizes may be modified using this option.


On the browser menu, select View, then Text Size to choose an appropriate size.


Select My AOL, then Preferences and click the WWW icon. In Advanced Settings, select Browser Display and choose an appropriate text size.


On the browser menu, select Settings, then Configure Konqueror. Select the Konqueror Browser icon, then click on the Appearances tab. Set the minimum and medium font sizes as appropriate.

Using another browser or experiencing problems?

If you cannot find your text size settings, please consult your browser's help file or search the web for information about text size, font size, settings, preferences or options. If you still experience problems, please contact the company who produce your browser for further advice.

Style Sheets

This site incorporated Cascading Style Sheets, which enabled users to customise these pages to suit their own needs using their own styles. The site text and background colours can all be overridden with your own preferences, catering for your needs. This is usually possible in the browser option or accessibility settings but please consult your software help option for any information regarding this.

Access Keys

A feature used to improve ease of navigation is the use of Access Keys. These are shortcut keys used to gain instant access to important or common parts of the site. The current list of Access Keys on the site is:

Number - 0 - takes you to this Access Key list.

Number - 1 - takes you to the Home Page.

Number - 2 - takes you to the Contact Us Page.

Letter - A - takes you to the Personnel Page.

Letter - B - takes you to the 'The Church House 1888-1988' Page.

Letter - C - takes you to the 'The Church House Its Art and Symbolism' Page.

Letter - D - takes you to the Links Page.

To use the Access Keys on your system, please follow these steps as they vary slightly across browsers and operating systems:

  • In Internet Explorer 6 on PC, use Alt plus the Access Key then Enter.
  • In Netscape 6 on PC, use Alt plus Access Key to activate the shortcut.
  • In Netscape 6 or Internet Explorer 5 on Mac, use Ctrl plus Access Key.

Downloadable copy of the Access Key List:
Microsoft Word Format 24Kb .DOC
Adobe Acrobat Format 13Kb .PDF

Please consult your software help option for information regarding other platforms.


To move from link to link, the Tab key can be used to navigate around the site without the need for a mouse. For additional ease of use, a logical tab index system has been included in the website so priority links such as the search field text entry are only a few tab key presses away.

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The Corporation of Church House, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ,
Telephone: 020 7898 1316, Fax: 020 7898 1321