Church Recorders are AS volunteers who make records of the contents of our national churches, thereby promoting the recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage to be found in places of worship of all religions.

Felsted Church Recorders update for February 2017

Having worked fairly consistently throughout 2016, meeting most Tuesdays, the work of recording All Saints Rayne has to all intents and purposes been completed.  Now comes the less enviable task of bringing it all together, with all that this entails.

Having made a decision to commit notes for each section to a memory stick the task of proof reading has been made easier and to a certain extent there have been fewer trees involved-vis a vis paper!

This does not mean that we won’t work through a paper copy, to proof read together.  It is always a bone of contention that errors slip through the net, however many times it is read!

The compiler has also had her laptop at church most weeks so that work amassed so far could be retrieved and referred to, with, for example cross referencing numbering.

Although it is a small church we have unearthed some interesting items and have also been helped by previous historical work gathered by a local U3A group.

What we at first assumed were paintings on the organ turned out to be Victorian prints glued in place.

With judicious use of a zoom lens the otherwise insignificant small window above the Chancel arch revealed itself to be a memorial window.

One of the wall tablets detailed the ‘lucky’ history of one ancestor, saved from the hangman’s noose by the ‘timely’ death of Queen Mary.

Changes are afoot for the layout and future use of certain areas, as was the case with our last church St Mary ad St Lawrence Great Waltham, but that is the nature of progress.

Update Sept 2017

The recording of All Saints Rayne has almost been completed. The last Section awaiting a check by Roseanne Kirkpatrick who is kindly doing it since our CRAR has moved away.
All that remains is a final proof read by the group once we have visited Essex Record Office to check up on Faculties and have photographed some interesting books.
Printing will be a simpler chore this time around as we need fewer printed copies!
Technology is both a help and a curse! Using memory sticks to exchange information between group members has been helpful for compiling,but layout has not always translated across different computers. 
Historical facts have been interesting. A lot of work had already been done by WEA on Capell family history.  One book in the church's possession was written by a colourful 
17th c. Vicar who became Bishop of Bath and Wells. He met an untimely death when a chimney collapsed. One modest wall plaque was discovered to have been made by a famous funerary sculptor. Yet another referred to an ancestor of the Blencowe family being saved at the last minute from being burnt at the stake when news of Queen Mary's death reached them.
What appeared to be paintings on the organ were a Victorian 'commercial' answer to expense. Applied to the frame on a fabric of some sort.
It is these sort of things which colour the work we do,adding to the satisfaction of the task in hand.