Fenwick Parish Church
OS Reference: NS465435
Address: Kirkton Road , Fenwick , KA3 6DH
Local Authority: East Ayrshire
Built 1643 in the shape of a Greek cross, with four arms of equal length. This ‘central planning’ is an important feature of presbyterian worship in Scotland. Traditional features to look out for are the outside stairs, crowstepped gables and the jougs. The various galleries, or lofts, were for the various families of the parish and have different outside stairs. Crowstepped gables are characteristic of Scottish vernacular architecture. The jougs are an iron collar to tether offenders and may be found on the south wall. The walled graveyard contains several notable graves and monuments. At the entrance to the churchyard are little ‘sentry boxes’, built in 1828, to house the elders of the church collecting offerings from worshippers. Several Covenanting artefacts, including the battle-flag of the Fenwick Covenanters.
Open by arrangement
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