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April 2 2010

Eight churches share £1m bounty
Eight churches are to share in a £1m windfall after the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland stumped up the cash for urgent repair work.

Amongst the places of worship to benefit is Renfrew Old Parish Church which boasts a “dedicated pew” where Queen Victoria would sit when visiting Lord Blythswood.

Renfrew’s share of the jackpot, £260k, will be spent rebuilding the churches notably tall and slender stone steeple whilst the roof is re-slated and damaged masonry and open joints repaired.

Less grandiose but of no less historical value is the “tin tabernacle” of St Fillans Episcopal Church. Constructed from corrugated iron by the 7th Marquis of Breadalbane it boasts an attractive timber interior.

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Bridgeton will receive essential repairs to its west gable and bell tower.
St Mary's is a "pro cathedral", it is used temporarily as a cathedral
St Mary's is a "pro cathedral", it is used temporarily as a cathedral
The 'Grouse Chapel' was once frequented by shooting parties praying for a successful hunt
The 'Grouse Chapel' was once frequented by shooting parties praying for a successful hunt

2 Comments

Geoff
#1 Posted by Geoff on 2 Apr 2010 at 13:34 PM
How come I always seem to find these grants AFTER THE MONEY HAS BEEN GRANTED.
In a perfect world, people would have received some grants in which to buy and convert the Arthur Memorial UF Church on Castle Hill, New Cumnock, turning it into a museum of some kind. This would have taken away one of the derelict buildings which made New Cumnock a nominee for last years Carbuncle Award.
The building, designed by the Welsh architect Sir William Beddoe Rees, isn't even 100 years old yet, plus it sits on the site of Cumnock Castle, seat of the Dunbars in 1296.
Geoff
#2 Posted by Geoff on 27 May 2014 at 12:38 PM
The owners of the 100 year old Arthur Memorial UF Church are looking for objections to its demolition. Who was John Lindsay Arthur C.S.I.? Who was William Arthur J.P.? In memory?

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