Huge, fine 14th century church of cathedral proportions. War-torn in C16 century only nave repaired. East end, transepts, tower roofless for 400yrs. Finally restored C20 and again longest parish church in Scotland. Carvings,windows. Shop.
Many original pre-reformation features - high medieval carvings (some close-up photos); old stone crest . Ruins stabilised but one very crooked pillar! Nave had many makeovers during last 400yrs, raised arches, lowered floor allowed former galleries; excellent C19-20 stained glass windows. C20 Restoration of east end etc used much recycling; extra stone from Caledonian railway stn, slates from Gorbals, Burne-Jones window from Torquay, peel of 8 bells from Aberdeen rang in millenium. But new lookalike"stone" vaulting crafted from fibre-glass by boatbuilder; a fine, locally built organ. Graves of Jane Welsh Carlyle, John Brown C18 Minister of Haddington. Ecumenical chapel now in old vestry over Maitland family burial vault . Good acoustics that augmented original medieval chanting of priests now allow excellent recitals/concerts.
Booked guided tours. Giftshop
Lammermuir Festival 12-21 September 2014. .
Sunday to Friday; 1.30pm - 4pm
Saturday; 11am - 4pm
Please check our website www.stmaryskirk.co.uk before planning your visit in case we are closed for a private service.