Church Recording

Recording the Past for the Future
Church of St John The Baptist, North Baddesley

Over the past two years a group of 9 volunteers from The Arts Society, Romsey, have been getting down and dirty researching a very historic and beautiful little church in North Baddesley countryside. It really has been a very interesting voyage of discovery, researching and recording the contents of the church as well as finding out about all the people who have crossed its threshold from Saxon times to the present day.

Who would have thought that such a small church could boast the names of Thomas Seymour, Thomas Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell. The Flemings of Broadlands, The Paulets of Paultons Park as touching on its history? In more recent times, it was even the subject of an architectural survey by the son of the renowned Victorian Architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. We have learnt so much about the Knights Hospitaller who were the patrons of the church from 1304 to the time of the Reformation and we have brought to life again the persons who were commemorated in the windows and memorials placed within the interior through their stories. We are now in the process of writing up and cataloguing our findings and photos which we hope will be presented to the church in 2019.

And then we move on to the next project……!.

If you are interested in history, photography and church research why not consider joining us.  Please send an email to, describing how you wish to contribute and providing your full contact details

More information about volunteering and, in particular, church recording projects can be found on THE ARTS SOCIETY website.