Church Recording for NADFAS is “making a record of the contents of the church – windows, memorials, woodwork, stonework, textiles etc.”   It is a very accurate, careful and well researched record of the contents at that time. It is a record, rather than a historical study. The details of measurements, content, design, date are taken and then written up in a very precise format*.  Photographs of particular items are also used. The group only records what they see and do not make artistic or quality judgments. 

  Primarily, the record is for the church. Photocopies are given to Diocesan Archives and the libraries of the Victoria and Albert Museum , the Council for the Care of Churches and NADFAS.

  NADFAS Church Recording started in 1971 and from its early beginnings, to date, some 1,300 records have been completed throughout the country. Against a rough estimate of 16,000 churches there is plenty still to go at.   Through area and national NADFAS connections there are study days and a wealth of opportunities and contacts to stimulate interest. 

  North Staffs DFAS church recorders usually meet at the church for one to two hours (a.m.) on the last Thursday of the month; then those that wish to, join for social chat and a light lunch at a local pub.    The number of recorders is very flexible but normally, minimum of ten up to well over twenty depending on enthusiasm and size of church.

  North Staffs Church Recorders have completed 7 churches: 
      1.   St. Margaret's          -      Draycott Le Moors
      2.   St.  Mary's                -     Swynnerton
      3.   St. John the Baptist  -     Stowe by Chartley
      4.   St. Margaret's           -     Betley
      5.   All Saints'                  -     Madeley
      6.   St. Peter's                 -     Caverswall
      7.   St. Peter's                 -     Broughton 

 There are no deadlines but it takes approximately 2+ years per church. The Madeleychurch record was presented Feb 2008, and Caverswall church was completed September 2011.   From Autumn 2007 we commenced recording St. Peter's Church, Broughton (near Loggerheads).  The record was presented October 2013.  

Our number of active CR’s is presently healthy, but anyone interested to enlist from within our membership would be very welcome.

We are now recording at St. Edward the Confessor, Cheddleton, near Leek.

Any member who thinks they may be interested or who would like to ask for more information should contact :-

Roger Coupe  Tel: 01782 - 373782