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.
Remarkably restored, huge, fine C14 church of cathedral proportions. War-torn in C16 century during Siege of Haddington, only nave repaired leaving most of church (choir, transepts, tower) roofless. Ruins stabilised but even now one very crooked pillar! To house growing congregations, nave had many makeovers during last 400yrs; raised arches and lowered floor allowed galleries; excellent late C19-early C20 stained glass windows. Then came the exceptional 1970s restoration of ruins, and so once again longest parish church in Scotland. It has kept many original pre-reformation features - medieval carvings (some close-up photos) including excavated old town crest. Otherwise much recycling; extra matching stone from Edinburgh's Caledonian Railway Station, slates from the Gorbals, Burne-Jones window from Torquay, peel of 8 bells from Aberdeen (rang in millenium), new "stone" vaulting crafted from fibre-glass by Norfolk boatbuilder, a fine, locally built organ. Graves of Jane Welsh Carlyle, John Brown (C18 Minister of Haddington). Old vestry now Lauderdale Aisle (ecumenical chapel over family burial vault). Good acoustics that once augmented medieval chantings now allow excellent recitals/concerts.
Booked guided tours. Giftshop. Graveyard Index.
Lammermuir Music Festival September.
Martinmas Fair November
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.