Linlithgow Civic Trust
Visits, Events and Talks
St Mary's Parish Church, Haddington
LCT 2020 Annual Lecture
Dr Moses Jenkins of HES
Ellie Graham of SCAPE
Stacey Rowntree of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust
Summer Programme of Visits
Details of the 2020 summer programme of visits will appear here as arranged There are expected to be 3 visits to Panmure House in Edinburgh; St Mary's Parish Church and the John Gray Centre in Haddington; and to Wemyss Caves in East Wemyss.
25 August 2020 - Visit to Haddington
We will have a guided tour of St Mary's Parish Church in Haddington at 1pm. Building work on the church was started in 1380, and further building and rebuilding has taken place up to the present day. It is the longest church in Scotland, at 206 feet (62.8 metres) from east to west,and is in the early Gothic style.
We will also have a guided tour of the Archive and Local History department of the John Gray Centre, the local museum.
We also hope to visit St. Mary’s Pleasance private garden which is maintained for the public by Haddington Garden Trust. The garden occupies 1.6 acres between St. Mary's Churchyard, Lady Kitty's Garden and Haddington House, which dates from 1648 and is the oldest dwelling in Haddington. Some of the garden’s boundary walls were built by Napoleonic prisoners of war.
12 February 2020 - LCT 2020 Annual Lecture
The 2020 LCT Annual Lecture was given by Geoff Bailey, Heritage Engagement Officer at Falkirk Community Trust. Geoff 's talk posed the question “How many canals were there in Falkirk?”. He identified more than we realised, some of which are sadly no longer to be seen because of redevelopment or were never built (such as the Stirling Canal). It was a hugely entertaining and informative talk enjoyed by all.
Cross House Winter talks 2019/2020
21 January 2020 - Dr Moses Jenkins "Scotland's Holy and Healing Wells"
The third and final of the talks was given by Dr Moses Jenkins who is Senior Technical Officer with the Historic Environment Scotland Technical Research team. His entertaining talk, on Scotland's healing and holy Wells, looked at the history of magic and sacred wells in Scotland and the types of ritual performed at such sites and folk belief surrounding wells. He would be interested to hear from anyone with any good tales about Linlithgow's wells.
3 December 2019 - Ellie Graham: "Coastal Archaeology of the Forth"
The second of the Cross House talks was given by archaeologist Ellie Graham of St Andrews University (recently seen on Alice Robert's BBC2 Most Historic British Towns programme on Stirling, Channel 4's Britain at Low Tide and BBC Scotland's Scotland from the Sky).
To a packed room, Ellie gave a fascinating talk on the "archaeological digs" she has been involved with on the Higgins Neuk site near the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the Pictish Wemyss Caves. The local Trust that has been working to preserve the Wemyss Caves run tours in the Summer so we will aim to organise a visit to them as one of the Summer tours.
19 November 2019 - Stacey Rowntree: "The Work of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust"
The first of the 2019/2020 Cross House talks took place in the Adam Room of Cross House and was given by Stacey Rowntree, the Building Surveyor for the Scottish Lime Centre Trust. Her talk covered all aspects of the work of the Trust which was set up in 1994 to:
- Promote for the public benefit the appropriate repair of Scotland's traditional and historic buildings;
- Advance education through the provision of advice, training and practical experience in the use of lime for the repair and conservation of such buildings; and
- Promote and further the preservation and development of Scottish building traditional, crafts and skills.
At the end of her very informative talk we certainly all knew the difference between concrete and lime mortar and the "do's and don'ts" of using them.
Linlithgow Civic Trust organises events throught the year. Talks and lectures are arranged during the autumn and winter and there are visits to places of interest in spring and summer.