In November 2006 our Church Recording Group completed its first Church Record, that for St Andrew's Church, Clewer. St Andrew's pre-dates Windsor Castle and as such is described as 'Windsor's Oldest Building'. William the Conqueror is said to have celebrated Mass here before going hunting in Windsor Forest. Norman stonework can still be seen in the oldest part of the church.

The photo shows the presentation of the Group's second Church Record, for St Peter and St Andrew's Church, Old Windsor, completed In April 2013. That church has its roots in Saxon times when King Edward the Confessor and his Court had a base near the River Thames at Old Windsor - although the present building dates only from the early 13th century, after the original was destroyed by French mercenaries. Remnants of 14th century glass can be seen in some of the windows, and the many memorials cast an interesting light on Old Windsor's past.

A bound copy of each Church Record is now with the respective church for safe keeping. A second bound copy of each has been deposited at the Berkshire Record Office in Reading, where they are available to the public on request. Printed and/or digital copies have also been deposited (via The Arts Society Head Office) with the V&A Art Library, the Church Building Council at Church House Westminster, and with English Heritage Archives at Swindon.

About NADFAS Church Recording:

Church Recorders work as a team, under a Group Leader and supported by a skilled photographer, at a single local church or place of worship. In pairs they research and document the church's memorials, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings, libraries of books and historical records, windows, and other items such as the organ and flooring. Experienced Recorders provide training and a wide range of experts can be called upon for advice. It takes about three years to complete a Church Record and present the volume to the church or place of worship.

In addtion to that presented to the church concerned, copies of a Church Record are routinely presented to relevant national bodies. For example, when a Church Record of an Anglican Church in England is completed, copies are also lodged with the local County Records Office (or the Diocesan authorities), the Church Buildings Council, the Victoria and Albert Museum and English Heritage Archives 

Who benefits?

As well as being a source of tremendous pleasure and interest to the Church Recorders and the local worshippers, Church Records serve a number of practical purposes. They provide the church authorities with a complete furnishing record. The accurate descriptions and photographs can be used for insurance purposes, and also by the police to identify retrieved stolen artefacts. And they can be used by researchers working on theses and books on allied subjects. The Records can also provide fascinating historical information for people working on their family history.