A Survey of Buddhist Buildings in England

Project Number 6749

By Emma Tomalin, Caroline Starkey

The aim of this research was to provide Historic England with information about buildings that Buddhists use in England so that it can work with communities to enhance and protect those buildings now and in the future. It focused on three main questions:

  • Where are Buddhist buildings and how many there are?
  • What kinds of buildings do Buddhists communities use and what do they use them for?
  • What is the value of these buildings to the communities and individuals?

This research was commissioned by Historic England and prepared by Professor Emma Tomalin and Dr Caroline Starkey of The Centre for Religion and Public Life, University of Leeds.


  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • What does Historic England want?
  • An introduction to Buddhism in England
  • Research methods
  • A survey of Buddhist buildings in England: functions and types
  • A survey of Buddhist buildings in England: mapping the traditions
  • A survey of Buddhist buildings in England: thematic analysis and discussion
  • Conclusions and recommendations to Historic England
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 256


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