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East Dunbartonshire

All of our 2019 buildings are available to view below and this year's programme is now available to download!

Our Doors Open Days is the 7th and 8th of September.

East Dunbartonshire

Bearsden Baptist Church

7 September 2019

Bearsden Baptist Church was originally Maxholme House (1872) and is part of the Antonine Wall (UNESCO world heritage site), the church is situated near to the site of the Roman Baths. Working with the Antonine Wall project to develop this area, the church has Roman ramparts in its grounds. The building itself was extended in 2003 by Davis Duncan Architects. This year the gardens will be open and a completed roman mosaic will be available to view with the history of the building and gardens on display. Come Create - family creative arts club - will be on in the afternoon. The café will also be open for people to come and enjoy the surroundings.

East Dunbartonshire

Forth & Clyde Canal Society

7 September 2019

The Forth and Clyde Canal Society was formed by a group of canal enthusiasts who felt that the decline in the canals of Scotland in the 1960s had to be reversed. They believed these monuments to our industrial past could be put to use in the future for the benefit of local communities and they could see that this decline in the canals needed to be highlighted to local and national authorities. After the completion of their main goal, to have the canals fully re- instated for public use, they continue to support, promote and use the Forth and Clyde Canal in various ways. Come along to the Forth and Clyde Canal Society Office where there will be information on Canal history and heritage. There will also be the opportunity to take a short trip on one of our boats.

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Old Aisle Cemetery

7 September 2019

Gravestones in the Old Aisle cemetery include Beatrice Clugston (local philanthropist), Alexander Bain (inventor of the electric clock and other pioneering innovations), John Ferguson (local politician and campaigner), the Aitken family (operators of passenger canal steamers on the Forth & Clyde Canal), Father Bonnyman (First post-Reformation Catholic priest in Kirkintilloch), David Gray (local poet) and John Green (English ganger murdered during the construction of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway). For Door's Open Day there will be a guided Walk of the Cemetery, describing some of the most significant headstones, with biographical information on people buried there. There will be contributions on individual stones by different members of Kirkintilloch & District Society of Antiquaries. There will also be an examination and description of the significant belfry at the entrance to the cemetery which was at one time occupied by local people overnight to watch for people trying to steal bodies for medical research; and a description of the site of the Spider Bridge which spanned part of the cemetery until 1987, with information on its history.

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