THE ARTS SOCIETY GUILDFORD

Church Recording

Church Recorders promote recognition and preservation of the rich artistic heritage in places of worship by recording the contents of churches of all religions. Participating churches are presented with an illustrated book detailing each item and it's history. Copies are also sent to national institutions... such as the V&A museum.

St Mary's Church, Shackleford

Our Church Recording group is based at St Mary’s built in the mid 1860s by a local clergyman, Archdall Buttermer, to commemorate his children who had died in infancy.

The architect commissioned to build St Mary’s was Sir George Gilbert Scott whose work includes St Pancras Station in London and the Albert Memorial (he completed the Memorial while working at St Mary’s). St Mary’s is a peaceful, pretty Victorian country church with beautiful ‘foliated ornamentation’ and fine stained and painted glass by leading glass-makers of the period such as Clayton and Bell & Powell and Sons.

The group meets at St Mary’s once a fortnight over the spring, summer, and early autumn. During the winter months (when it's too chilly in the church) we work on compilation of data and archival research.

Compton Pottery Memorials Recording Project

A group of  Arts Socoiety GuildfordMembers completed a project to record all the terracotta gravestones in Compton Cemetery produced by Compton Pottery between 1895 and 1951.The team comprised; Sara Scott, Vicky Cooper, Janet Baxter, Val Bale, Amanda Lillie, Joan Robinson and Rob Scott as photographer. A copy of the completed record has been passed to Watts Gallery, which has strong historical links to the Compton Pottery and an extensive collection of it's work.

If anyone spots a possible Compton Pottery grave in other locations, please report the find to any of the Team members named above! So far, they have been found as far afield as Scotland and Suffolk!