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 work should begin recording in detail every object, both ecclesiastical and secular; memorial; stone and window within every parish church in the country. This resulted in the formation of the Church Recorder group within NADFAS supported by the V & A and the Council for the Conservation of Churches. The compiled work will be another chapter in the modern Domesday Book of British Churches. Primarily the Record is for the church, but photocopies are given to the Diocesan archives, the libraries of the V & A, the Council for the Care of Churches, NADFAS and corresponding bodies in Scotland. It is available for study by academic researchers and also by the Police in tracing stolen articles.
NADFAS members have recorded over 1600 churches to date. TDFAS Church Recorders began work in 1996 and have completed Records for churches at Small Hythe, Appledore, Ticehurst, Cranbrook and Rolvenden. They have now set to work on the 14 medieval Romney Marsh Churches. This is not an easy task as work can take place only during the summer months as few have heating and some lack electricity. However, the historic significance of these Romney Marsh churches makes the work extremely rewarding.
St. Clement’s – Old Romney, St. Thomas Becket’s – Fairfield, St Augustine’s – Brookland, St Eanswith – Brenzett – St Nicholas’s – New Romney, St Dunstan’s – Snargate and St Mary the Virgin’s -St Mary in the Marsh have been completed. The team is presently working on St George’s – Ivychurch.