St Peter’s Addingham was the seventh church that members of the Society have recorded since 2005, the others being Barwick-in-Elmet, Weston, Adel, Otley, Newton Kyme and Bramham. Our next church could scarcely be more different.

In June, in response to an enquiry from the church, we begin work at St Saviour, Richmond Hill , a Grade 1 listed Victorian church  less than a mile from Leeds City Square. The church is of considerable architectural, as well as historical, interest, and was described by Pevsner in his architectural guide Yorkshire West Riding as ‘a remarkably serious piece of design’ … with glass ‘of great merit, in the style of the 13th century  and of glowing colours,’  including windows by Pugin and members of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones and William Morris.

The church is large, its contents – textiles, woodwork, metalwork, books, organs  –  varied,  and the undertaking  is an ambitious one for our relatively small  team, so  we hope that more Arts Society members will be interested enough to join us.

No previous experience is necessary. Every recorder has a copy of Inside Churches, the Church Recorders’ ‘Bible’, and between us, we have a collection of many reference books.  In addition, there is a specialist website, expanding all the time, with helpful downloads, and we work in pairs and groups – bouncing ideas off one another.

We expect to begin work on Monday 17 June, when we will have the support of the Arts Society’s NE Area Church Recording Coordinator, Rosalind Platts, as we  get  started, and we will be working at the church  mainly on the first and third Mondays of each month (with some inevitable variation in attendance for summer holidays and other commitments!).

We expect to have regular support from Rosalind and other church recorders working in the  North East, as well as  training opportunities – the first of them in September in York (see below).
If you are at all interested, do please take the opportunity on Wednesday 19 June before the lecture  to come and talk to members of the team, look at the work we do and hear about the pleasures and rewards  of church recording  in more detail. Or contact us before then at

With all good wishes,
Anne MacArthur, Angela Wilcox