St James's, Innerleithen

St James's, Innerleithen

Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: High Street, Innerleithen, EH44 6HD
Local Authority: Scottish Borders
Listing: B

Church Overview

Opened in 1881 as a monument to Charles, 7th Earl of Traquair and his sister Lady Louisa Stuart. Designed by John Biggar in English Decorated style. A substantial church in dark stone with cream margins and buttresses. Tall tower and stone spire at the corner. The church has some interesting works of art including a large icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Poland. This is by K Kryska 1944, the captain of Polish Forces based in Peebleshire. Other monuments include ones dating from 1861 and a copy of the bust of John Ogilvie. The sanctuary has been brought back into use, and a narthex has been built inside the church to provide toilet and kitchen facilities. A rood screen division within the church provides a gathering and social space towards the rear of the nave.


Sunday 11.30am

Opening Arrangements

Open summer 10.00am-4.00pm (hours may vary) or by arrangement

Image Gallery

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St James's, Innerleithen


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