Cirencester Church Recorders have been recording the contents of churches (recently Watermoor and Bisley) for about twenty years and we take at least a year for each church. Every object is recorded in much the same way; it is described, measured, sometimes weighed, usually photographed or drawn and we try to find out who made it, when they made it, who donated it and anything else we feel is interesting.

We spend time researching in the Gloucestershire Record Office and reading any other archives we can lay our hands on. The internet is now proving very useful, but real people in the form of Church Wardens and parishioners, most of whom are very interested in what we do and go to a great deal of trouble to turn up at the church with keys and helpful information, are usually the real stars. We meet on Tuesday afternoons when we are actually recording the church but a great deal of work is done afterwards, typing up and researching. We like to work in pairs, each pair studying one of the sections. The contents of the church are divided into sections, namely: memorials, windows, metalwork, stonework, woodwork, textiles, paintings etc., library, and the inevitable miscellaneous.

If anyone is interested to learn more about what we do, please get in touch with Mrs Patricia Frearson at