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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  • We traveled to St. Mary's Church in Haddington to see the stained glass windows by Edward Bourne Jones. When we arrived, the church was closed, but we enjoyed a lovely stroll through the gardens and d...  more »
  • I learned about this church at the John Gray Museum around the corner and thought it was worth a visit. I am so glad I did! The church itself had been restored since being seized by Henry VI's army in...  more »
  • We drove on our holiday by the town of Haddington and parked our car for the Church. We saw a beautiful cemetery in which was worked by the gardeners. The Church was unfortunately not open to the public at that time, but from the outside it looked pretty.
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