Church Recording involves making a record of the contents of the church – windows, memorials, woodwork,   stonework, textiles etc. The record  is an accurate, careful and well researched record of the contents at that   time, it is not a historical study. The group records only what it sees and does not make artistic or quality judgments. 

 Primarily, the record is for the church, although copies are given to Diocesan Archives and the libraries of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Council for the Care of Churches and The Arts Society.

Since church recording began in 1971 nearly 1300 records have been completed across the country.

Our Society has an active and enthusiastic group who meet at the church in the morning of the last Thursday of the month. The number of recorders varies but there is usually a minimum of 10 and occasionally more than 20. There are no fixed timescales but on average a record takes more than 2 years to complete. So far the group has completed records for 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 

The current project is based at the church of St. Edward The Confessor at Cheddleton and it is anticipated that the record will be completed in the near future

New members are always welcome and more information may be obtained from:                 

Roger Coupe  Tel: 01782 - 37378

The future.

The Arts Society will not continue funding this activity centrally from 2021. Also the  V&A has reported that there have been only a minimal number of requests for access to existing records and consider that the production of further reports will not be beneficial.  In the light of these reports we have to conclude that there is no viable future for Church Recording in our Society.