William Quarrier began caring for destitute children in Glasgow in 1870. He resolved to take these children from the Victorian institutional environment to a children’s’ village where they could live in cottage style homes with house parents. The Mount Zion Church was central to the village of 40 cottages, a school, a fire station, workshops, a farm and other facilities.
Between opening in 1878 and the mid 1980s the Orphan Homes cared for over 30,000 children.
On a guided walk of Quarriers Village, you will learn all about the history of the Orphan Homes of Scotland and founder William Quarrier. The picturesque village remains largely unchanged since its beginning in 1878 and is a fascinating piece of social history.
Pre-booking of a tour is essential due to restricted space and numbers. Telephone 07513 504115 to book a place and get directions.
The present building was consecrated in 1878, designed by Paley and Austin of Lancaster - their only Scottish church.
The intricately carved rood screen based on a medieval screen in Gloucestershire and designed by H Q Tarbolton, was given by the family of Sir John Kerr, one time Governor of Bengal.
Volunteers will be available to answer questions.
Sunday service at 11.00am
The Scottish Civic Trust: The Tobacco Merchants House, 42 Miller Street,Glasgow, G1 1DT
Tel: 0141 221 1466, Fax: 0141 248 6952,Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Scottish Civic Trust is a registered Scottish charity. Charity No. SC012569
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