Archdeacons' Inspections

It is a national church requirement that the archdeacon inspects each parish in the archdeaconry once every three years.  This is different from the Quinquennial Inspection, at which an architect gives a detailed report on the state of the church building.

The Archdeacon’s Inspection is a check that the administration of the church is being run properly. It includes inspection of church registers and records, insurance policies, the church log book, the inventory etc.

It is also an opportunity for the archdeacon to have a general discussion with the incumbent and churchwardens 
about developments in the life of the parish.

The archdeacon’s office will contact parishes in advance of an inspection to arrange a date. The first two links below can be used as a checklist since they detail the items parishes need to have ready for the Archdeacon’s Inspection.

Chester Archdeaconry Triennial Inspection Form

Macclesfield Archdeaconry Triennial Inspection Form

Parish record guidelines

Retention guidelines