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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

The Church has a history with Dalkeith which dates back to 1851 when the first branch was organised in May of that year. In 1964 the branch had the beginnings of the Church in modern times when meetings were held in the old Labour Hall at the bottom of the High Street, and later in Woodburn Community Centre. The current building in Newbattle Road was opened in 1978, having been built with additional help from local members, both in terms of labour and financial contributions. Some 10 years later, a large extension was added and the building now comprises of a Chapel, a large multi-purpose hall, a baptismal font, offices and several classrooms. The extensive grounds, with ample car-parking facilities, also have a beautiful wood.

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Midlothian

Cousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

There has been a working Smiddy in Cousland since 1703. When the local blacksmith retired in 1989, the Cousland Smiddy Trust was set up to save the Smiddy as one of the last still working in Scotland. In 2001 the Smiddy complex and its gardens were purchased by the Trust and are now open to the public regularly throughout the summer months and group bookings are welcome. Funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland saw the restoration of the smith's cottage, and recent further development has enabled Cousland Local History Project to create a permanent space to display the history of the village, which can be traced back to the Early Bronze Age. Thirteen organic allotments in the grounds are let to villagers. www.couslandsmiddy.co.uk

Midlothian

Crichton Collegiate Church

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 09/09/2018
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8-9 September 2018

Crichton was built as a Collegiate Church by Sir William Crichton, Lord Chancellor of Scotland in the time of King James II, and adopted as the parish church for all time in 1641. William Crichton also greatly enlarged the nearby Crichton Castle. The church is one of the few remaining Collegiate Churches in Scotland still in use. Subject to major restorations in its nearly 600 years history, the building is now in the care of a Trust. The Trust hosts a programme of concerts and ecumenical services reflecting the hospitality of the local community, drawing together the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church and the Scottish Episcopal Church. In addition to a fine suite of 19th C stained glass windows by Ballantyne and Gardiner, there is a unique pipe organ built by Joseph Brook which has survived for over 100 years in its original state. www.crichtonchurch.com

Midlothian

Lasswade Church

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

The church was opened in 1830 for the Lasswade Congregation in the United Presbyterian Church. In 1894 the Church was completely overhauled and several alterations carried out. Amongst the gifts which came to the congregation at that time were the present handsome pulpit, the stained glass windows at each side of it, the entrance porch, and the bell. In 1929 the United Presbyterian Church united with the Church of Scotland. On 22 April 1956, the congregations of Lasswade Old Parish Church and Lasswade Strathesk united to form the present congregation of Lasswade Parish Church, and have continued to use this building for worship every Sunday morning since.

Midlothian

Lost Garden of Penicuik (Penicuik Community Development Trust)

Date 1: 09/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September) Walk / trail / tour

9 September 2018

Plans for the Upper Walled Garden of Penicuik Estate were drawn up in 1873. There were detailed planting schemes for fruit and vegetables for the 5 acres of growing area, and more than 100 yards of glasshouses and conservatories for growing peaches, figs and grapes as well as outdoor cultivation of fruit trees and soft fruit. By the mid-1880's, the garden was operational, quite faithfully following the original plans. From the impressively scrolled iron gate, the path led past a central fountain and up the 'grand staircase' to the terraces in front of the glasshouses. Around the turn of the century, the garden changed from the kitchen garden for Penicuik House to become one of the most magnificent commercial horticultural ventures in Scotland.

Midlothian

Newbattle Church

Date 1: 08/09/2018
Date 2: 01/01/0001
Tags: Weekend 2 (8-9 September)

8 September 2018

The building of Newbattle Church, on its present site, began in 1727 and was completed in 1728/9. In the beginning, the church had an earthen floor; the laird had his own loft and the bulk of the congregation brought their own stools. Those who could not afford a stool sat with their backs to the wall. Further extensions took place throughout the 19th Century, including the construction of the Ancrum Aisle in memory of the Earl of Ancrum who had been killed accidentally in Australia in 1892. It is thought that these same double doors came along with the stonework of the Tower from the Church's previous location within the Abbey grounds, and may date back to 1540. The North Gallery is referred to as the Newtongrange Gallery . It has a segregated section of pew known as Mungo MacKay's Pew; this being close to the entry door so that he could see who came and went on a Sunday. This is but a summary of the building, now in its third location and denomination. Its history, in truth, dates back to the arrival of the Monks at Newbattle in 1140.

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