Grays Almshouses, East Street, Taunton.

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Church Recorders began in the mid 1970s when it became evident that many of our churches and their contents were in a very poor state of repair. It was decided that it was necessary to begin work in recording in detail every object, stone and window held within every Parish Church in the country. It is the preservation of our artistic heritage that was in danger of being lost. This resulted in the formation of the Church Recorder group within The Arts Society supported by the V & A and the Council for the Conservation of Churches.

Church Recording is the compiling of detailed descriptions of everything that can be found within a Church. This includes, amongst other aspects, stonework, windows, mosaics, paintings, monuments, furniture and fittings. Many Churches lose things through vandalism, theft or arson. These records are therefore produced before ruin, development, desecration and moth take their toll! The detailed record is in an easily read format and is available for study by researchers as well as by Police in tracing stolen articles. Drawings and photographs enhance the written statements and are useful for identification purposes for restoration and repair.