Also, RCHME published on Non-Conformist Chapels; "Chapels and
meeting-houses" vols 1-4 (1986-2002). Zealous SMR officers trawling
through the books, collecting references? It's easy to plough through
synthetic volumes like RCHM publications, airfield books and the like.
From: David Robert Williams [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 31 December 2003 16:19
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: HER / SMR representivity
Having had some experience of recording Non-Conformist chapels I can only
suggest that the main reason for these buildings being better recorded is
that they tend to amass a large amount of data in the way of written records
and memorials. Remember that as well as being places of worship, chapels
were often the centre of a community's social life. This being the case
there is often a great deal of local interest in recording these buildings.
Happy New Year to all!
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From: Vince Russett <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 10:45 AM
Subject: HER / SMR representivity
Idly glancing over some HER / SMR data during breaks between constructing
cupboards this merry Yuletide holiday, I was very struck by the seeming
imbalance of the way we have traditionally recorded sites. Why are (for
example) non-conformist chapels better (or more inclusively) recorded than
other post-medieval building sets (say, ropewalks or laundries)? Is/was
this some attempt to rank buildings on architectural or even religious
I was also struck by the fact that at least the Avon SMR (as was) seemed
far more interested in recording the absence of structures in villages,
rather than their presence, so that, for example, the site where a building
had once stood in a village, recorded on the Tithe Map, would be recorded,
whereas the buildings that survive, by and large, would not.
Is this a feature of other HERs? As the Tithe Maps for North Somerset are
being scanned and trawled for the SMR as we speak, I'd be interested to
know what guidelines other HERs have for such trawls.