The Auld Kirk of Ayr
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Off the High Street, access via Kirk Port
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The approach to the auld kirk is through Kirkport and the 1656 lychgate into the kirkyard. The Commonwealth Government paid for the 1654 T-plan kirk after Cromwell's troops had occupied the old Church of St John on the sands. Respectful alterations by David Bryce of 1836. High-quality interior with three lofts on Corinthian columns and a splendid double-decker pulpit. one of the few remaining 'Obit' boards records money donated to the poor. This church is not a museum, but living and active.
Open Saturdays in July & August 10.30am-12.30pm, or by arrangement
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