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St Mary's Church, Haddington

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Collegiate Church of St Mary in Haddington was founded in the late 14th century, and was complete by the 1480s. It is one of the three great mediaeval kirks in the east of Scotland, the other two being St Giles Edinburgh and St Michael's Linlithgow - though at 206 feet long, the church is 2 feet longer than St Giles, and is the longest church in Scotland. The building was sacked in Henry VIII's 'rough wooing' in 1548, and at the instigation of John Knox the nave was subsequently walled off, re-roofed and used as the parish church in 1561. The crossing, transepts and choir remained open to the elements - a famous 'romantic ruin' - until the restoration in the early 1970s, after 400 years of dereliction. The new vaulted ceilings in the restored areas look authentic, but are actually fibreglass - the mediaeval walls wouldn't support a stone vaulted roof. A new organ, the finest in the county, was installed in 1990 by Lammermuir Organs of Oldhamstocks.
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  • This is unbelievable and pretty big for the size of this town. The flat top is fantastic and it’s not something you see everyday.  more »
  • Wonderful church with a long history back to the 14th Century. It is the longest parish church in Scotland. It is at present undergoing work having new lights installed  more »
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  • A beautiful church. unfortunately I was in the morning. I could not enter him yet. the cemetery that was around was also magical. very many tombstones have been preserved.
  • Has great recitals and has been beautifully restored. Worth a visit
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