Houses are recorded by a team of four or five people and usually takes two to three hours. The team likes to have a preliminary guided tour of the house during which the owner can point out features which may not be obvious, e.g. a blocked doorway or window now covered by wallpaper or a fireplace recently opened or removed.

The house is accurately measured, and internal features such as beams, fireplaces, etc are recorded. Roof spaces and cellars are of particular interest, as it is here that original features may be seen. External features are similarly recorded.

The report will contain scale drawings, appropriate photographs and an interpretation of how/when the house was developed. The survey is solely concerned with historic and architectural features and will not refer to the current usage of rooms, modern installations or details of moveable objects.

New working members are most welcome - no previous experience is required - 'on the job' guidance and help will be given. Details can be obtained from the The Secretary:

Measuring the outside


The Group’s work is financed by donations from householders, and a minimum of £50 is suggested. Reports are of a professional standard and referred to by planning and conservation agencies. If a survey is requested in connection with such matters the donation should reflect the extent of the work envisaged and should be agreed in advance.

Publications and Projects

To-date, over a thousand buildings have been recorded and in addition, much of the groups work has been published in the “Somerset Villages” series of books:

Many reports from 2005 onwards are available from SVBRG at a cost of 50p per page (plus postage if sent by post). If you are looking for any reports please contact us at and we can advise you of the availability of any report and the cost of providing it.