What is Church Recording?


Church Recorders are NADFAS volunteers who make records of the contents of churches.  Items are described in detail and their history researched.  A record is compiled, illustrated with photographs and drawings, which is then presented to the church and copies sent to national institutions.  As well as being an important historical document, such a Church Record is also a valuable resource should a Church or its contents be vandalised or damaged in any way. 



How is it done?


Church Recorders work as part of a team, choosing a single local church to record. They work in pairs on different categories of the church furnishings, e.g. memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, library, windows and miscellaneous items and in this way,  the record is gradually compiled. Training is given by experienced recorders and help is available from a wide range of experts with whom discoveries are shared.  It takes about three years to complete a church record.  


The society has finished compiling the record for St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington. 


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The picture above is of part of a blacksmith's gravestone showing hammer, pincers and calipers. 


The stone  was used in the building of the tower in 1350-1375.  Who says recycling is something modern!

St Cuthbert’s, Darlington

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