Church Recorders

Church Recording News


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Church Recorders are Arts Society volunteers who make records of the contents of our national churches, thereby promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage to be found in places of worship of all religions. Church recording is a fascinating occupation providing those involved with an increasing awareness and understanding of Church furnishings, both of their religious use and of their artistic provenance. There is also an opportunity for those interested to delve into all sorts of archive material. 

More than 1,600 Church Records have been completed. 

CHURCH RECORDING in the North East
There’s a lot going on with quite a number of Societies supporting recording groups. The Area Representative is Rosalond Platts whose job is to provide support and training for the groups. See the News page for updates 

NORTH EAST AREA Church Recording Groups
All Church recording groups welcome new members so please get in touch with the person given as contact below if you are interested. Training is provided so, although specialist interest is welcome, all you really need is an ability to observe and an inquisitive nature. 


BEVERLEY   North Newbald – Completed and printed.

Cavendish   grioup are recording/compiling, Buxton, St John's - A reconstituted Group with many experienced recorders under the leadership of Ester Allbutt and are making good progress.

Halifax  group  recorded Halifax Minster. This record was presented in September 2015 . It was an enormous undertaking - some 200 memorials alone so it was a big achievement to have such a well researched Record. The woodwork is amazing. 

Hambleton  group presented the record of St Wilfrid, South Kilvington on 8th March 2015 . Although a tiny church it has some interesting objects, including a heraldic font from the 15thC.    The group is currently recording St Peter, Osmotherley. Although parts of the church date back to the 14thC and 15thC, much of what we can see now dates from changes in Victorian times.
They meet on Monday afternoon. Leader: John Burrows 01609 770502

Harrogate and Nidd Valley      Harrogate, St Wilfrid’s - Starting to compile and hoping to present in Harrogate DFAS’s 50th year. They meet on Tuesday mornings. Leader: Maurice Cowen: 01423-339808 

Helmsley  group have just a very few members recording St John of Beverley, Salton. This is a completely Norman structure of two periods with some early furnishings. Leader: David Haddon Reece 01947 - 895315 

Leeds     St Peter’s, Addingham – Progressing well with much support from the Church members under the leadership of Anne MacArthur and Angela Wilcox..They meet on Monday afternoons. 

Saltaire   -. St Chad’s, Toller Lane,Bradford; a 1910 Anglo Catholic church in the Romanesque style. 
Contact: Mary Bowes – 

Sheffield  and Hallamshire  jointly support a group which is compiling Abbeydale, Sheffield - St John the Evangelist.  

Skipton and Wharfedale  group is compiling St Andrew, Kildwick.  

Tyneside     Bywell St Andrew, said by Pevsner to have the best Saxon tower in the country - Recording is still moving slowly. One leader is moving to the West Country and the other has other roles in the Society.

North Yorks and South Durham  St Cuthbert, Darlington - Completed & presented.  

Members of the group are now enthusiastically helping Wensleydale at Masham

York      Stillingfleet St Helen - Compiling - Isobel has this in hand.

York All Saints Pavement - Recording/Compiling - They have had recent resignations due to ill health. They would like to have more new members for the group, but are progressing well thanks to a good leader.

 Leader: Isobel Stones:

Wensleydale group are recording Masham, St Mary and are making good progress.