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Church Recording

Do you enjoy looking at Churches? Would you like to improve your own knowledge and at the same time contribute to the preservation of some of our most important and valuable national treasures?

If the answer to both of these questions is yes, why not join the Church Recording Group here in Ross. No previous experience is necessary - on the job training given!

Church recorders produce records of the contents of places of worship, describing items accurately and researching their history whenever possible. These items include memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, libraries, windows and miscellaneous items, the latter even covering the contents of the broom cupboard!

The findings are put together with photographs where helpful and then bound into book form. When completed, copies of the book or a digital record are distributed to the Church, Diocese, Victoria & Albert Museum, Council for the Care of Churches and the National Records Centre.

The reputation for church recording by The Arts Society local societies is very high and for this reason great care is taken to ensure our work is accurate and of the highest standard. Having said that, we are a friendly group who have fun together and the Church in which we are working is often filled with our members' irreverent laughter. Why not come along and see for yourself?

Do come along, make some new friends and contribute to a rewarding and worthwhile enterprise. For more information, please contact the Church Recorder Leader, Elizabeth Maggs, through

Click here for the Church Recorders Diary

Our group, past and present, have completed records: at Aston Ingham, Hope Mansell, Sellack, Foy, How Caple, Weston-under-Penyard, Yatton, Llandinabo, Putley, Little Birch and Sollers Hope. Copies of these books are available for viewing.

We commence recording at St Michael's, Garway in September 2022.

Commencing 1st January 2021, The Arts Society will no longer support Church Recording nationally. From this date our Recorders will be affiliated to the new Church Recording Society, the national Society for Church Recording and will continue to be supported locally by the Arts Society Ross-on-Wye.

Yatton Church Exterior  

Yatton Church Interior

Click here to see a map showing where these churches are located

Click below to see more information on our work, and to see selected items in the record with their descriptions.

Unfortunately, the earlier recorded churches (Aston Ingham, Hope Mansell, Foy and Sellack) were not documented using digital photography, and showing examples from their records on the website is not practical.

Aston Ingham Church ExteriorSt John the Baptist, Aston Ingham
Sellack Church ExteriorSt Tysilio, Sellack
Hope Mansel Church ExteriorSt Michael's, Hope Mansel
Foy Church ExteriorSt Mary's, Foy
How Caple Church ExteriorSt Andrew and St Mary, How Caple
Weston Church ExteriorSt Lawrence, Weston-under-Penyard
Yatton Church ExteriorAll Saints, Yatton
Llandinabo Church ExteriorSt Junabius, Llandinabo
Putley Church ExteriorPutley Church
Little Birch Church ExteriorSt Mary, Little Birch

Click here for more information on how we record churches

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