Blairgowrie Parish Church - Perth & Kinross, Scotland.
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa
N 56° 35.596 W 003° 20.495
30V E 479023 N 6272163
Four-stage red sandstone tower and spire with clock, on the south-east corner of the parish church in the Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
Waymark Code: WM15FRW
Location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/29/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1
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The Free Church in the town of Blairgowrie in eastern Perthshire was opened in November 1843 on St James Street just to the west of the town centre. The union of the United Presbyterian Church in 1900 led to the church being changed to the St Andrew's United Free Church, and it was then that a new building was built adjacent to the current church which then became the hall and back vestibule.

The new building was opened on June 19th 1902 to a cost of £8,000. It was designed by D. & J.R. MacMillan of Aberdeen in an Early English Gothic style in red sandstone, with a tower, spire, transepts, aisles, and apse. The four bells in the tower were cast by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough, and the clock by J. Smith & Sons of Derby. The bells chime the Cambridge Quarters.

In 1929, the church united with the Church of Scotland to become St Andrew's Church of Scotland, and the final name change came when it united with the St Mary's-South Church to become Blairgowrie Parish Church. This became official on Tuesday January 29th 2002.

The tower, of which at the foot contains the entrance, is situated next to the street on the south-eastern corner. Above the first string course is a pair of louvered belfry openings which lie beneath the clock stage. The clock face on all four sides is set in a segmental panel under a triangular pediment. The four corner buttresses rose up to end at this stage in spirelets. The octagonal spire above has a flèche close to the top on alternative faces.

Location of the Steeple:
Blairgowrie Parish Church
St James Street
Blairgowrie & Rattray, Perth & Kinross Scotland
PH10 6EZ

Approximate Date of Construction: 6/19/1902

Website: Not listed

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