I’ve had the opportunity to look through the extant visitor books for my local church. They contain a mine of information, and stretch back over 80 years. Visitors might be local, from across the UK, or as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Japan and Canada.
Visitors comment on how peaceful the church is and how pleased they are that it is open. They come to see where their ancestors were married, or are buried, or to remember family events (births marriages, wedding anniversaries), and to try and trace their family tree. It gives a fascinating insight into the history of the village, and of the importance of the church as the centre of village life over the centuries.