St Mary's Church, Haddington

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The Collegiate Church of St Mary in Haddington was founded in the late 14th century, and was complete by the 1480s. It is one of the three great mediaeval kirks in the east of Scotland, the other two being St Giles Edinburgh and St Michael's Linlithgow - though at 206 feet long, the church is 2 feet longer than St Giles, and is the longest church in Scotland. The building was sacked in Henry VIII's 'rough wooing' in 1548, and at the instigation of John Knox the nave was subsequently walled off, re-roofed and used as the parish church in 1561. The crossing, transepts and choir remained open to the elements - a famous 'romantic ruin' - until the restoration in the early 1970s, after 400 years of dereliction. The new vaulted ceilings in the restored areas look authentic, but are actually fibreglass - the mediaeval walls wouldn't support a stone vaulted roof. A new organ, the finest in the county, was installed in 1990 by Lammermuir Organs of Oldhamstocks.
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  • A lovingly restored church rich with history and worship. A great place to wander and soak up its atmosphere.  more »
  • This is the longest parish church in Scotland. The roof is supported on what appears to be stone columns but they are in fact made of oak with stone applied externally. There has been ongoing restorat...  more »
  • A beautiful, ancient Church which evidently functions as a family working Chirch. Very welcoming with guide options and an interesting craft stall. Frequently used for concerts. There is a most peacef...  more »
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