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Alloa Academy
New This Year
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07.09.13 (10.00 - 12.30)
Bowhouse Road, Alloa,  FK10 1DN
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Alloa Academy opened in 2009. It is the third such school, its predecessors (built in 1824 and 1958-9) having been demolished. It was designed by Glasgow-based 3D Architects as part of a project to provide three new secondary schools in the county.

The ethos of the school was to enhance each pupil's learning experience whilst providing a safe and secure environment for everyone. It incorporates specialist science, art, music, sports, ICT and drama facilities. The large assembly hall has a theatre-standard stage area for school and community performances. Alloa Academy has 840 pupils and 103 staff.The school is also open throughout the week for use by the local community.

A window commemorating former pupils killed in two World Wars was relocated to the dining hall of the new school. Leading glass designer Alec Galloway was also commissioned to create two new windows to decorate the entrance hall. The designs reflect Alloa's industrial past and also feature crows, a frequent motif in Galloway's work.


Architect: 3D Architects
Building Date: 2009
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Alloa Greenfield House
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07.09.13 (Guided tours, see below)
Mar Place, Alloa,  FK10 2AD
Alloa Greenfield House - Image 1Greenfield House was designed by the Edinburgh architects A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson for David Paton Thomson, one of the directors of John Paton, Son & Co. Ltd. It was elegantly furnished and housed a fine art collection. The same architects reconstructed and extended the house after a fire in 1914. David Thomson died in 1917 and in his will instructed that his wife should live in the house until her death, after which it must be sold. Jane Thomson died early in 1950 and Alloa Burgh Council bought Greenfield House. The official opening of the Municipal Buildings by The Right Rev. George J Jeffrey D.D, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, was an important civic occasion and took place on 13th September 1952. Many of the original fittings of the house, including stained glass, Arts & Crafts style carved stone and wood, plasterwork and wood panelling, have survived. There are also several paintings, including a portrait of the eminent Alloa mining engineer, Robert Bald, on display. Greenfield House is currently the headquarters of Clackmannanshire Council, but the Council will be moving out soon, after over sixty years of local government use of the building.
Architect: A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Building Date: 1892-1894
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Alloa Ludgate Church and Halls
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07.09.13 (10.30 - 3.30) - 08.09.13 (1.00 - 3.30)
Bedford Place, Ludgate, Alloa,  FK10 1DS
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This church was designed by Peddie & Kinnear in Early French Gothic style and replaced a plain 18th century building. In 1902 Scots late Gothic transepts and a pine and marble sanctuary with an elaborate pulpit by A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson, who had also designed Greenfield for David Thomson, were added; David Thomson and his brother John Thomson Paton paid for this work. The north window is in memory of their parents, while the west and east transept windows were given by the Procters, another branch of the Paton family. All three windows are by C E Kempe. The 1904 pipe organ by Messrs Lewis and Co was also given by the Thomsons. The adjacent church hall was designed by the Alloa architect Adam Frame in 1891.

The interior has recently undergone a transformation:- the original pews have been removed, the marble altar moved to the west transept and the walls and roof painted. Memorials and other fittings from the former North Church have been incorporated into the modernised church.


Architect: Peddie & Kinnear
Building Date: 1863-4, 1902-4

Visitors are welcome to attend the service on Sunday at 10.30
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Alloa Old Kirkyard and Mar and Kellie Mausoleum
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (10.00 - 4.00)
Greenside Cemetery, Kirkgate, Alloa,  FK10 1EP
Alloa Old Kirkyard and Mar and Kellie Mausoleum - Image 1

The parish church of St Mungo was established in the 14th century then enlarged and the  tower raised in 1680-2.  The mason was Tobias Bauchop, whose house still stands in  Kirkgate.  Around 1700, John, 6th Earl of Mar, built a private aisle with burial vault on the north side of the church.  The old kirk became overcrowded and was condemned in 1816: it was mostly demolished and many stones reused to build the new parish church in Bedford Place.


Designed by James Gillespie Graham, the Mar & Kellie Mausoleum was built on the site of the Mar Aisle.  The original ceiling was painted brightly and decorated with flowers and Rococo panels.  It was partly restored in 1994-6. 

 

The old kirkyard contains a good collection of early trade gravestones and fine memorials for many of the people responsible for the development of Alloa into a busy industrial town.


Architect: James Gillespie Graham
Building Date: Late Medieval, 1819

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Visitors should wear stout footwear, as the ground is quite uneven.

The kirkyard is partly accessible to visitors with mobility difficulties.

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Alloa Resonate Arts House
New This Year
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (10.00-4.00)
Unit A3, North Castle Street, Alloa,  FK10 1EU
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Resonate Arts House is an Arts and Education Centre which opened in 2010. The people-led community philosophy cultivates creative exploration for all. The team connects professional artists with people who are
discovering creativity for the first time, promoting well-being through a comprehensive creative education programme. The programmes’ focus on the production, presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of work across all media supports the professional artists’ career, promotes the recreational artists’ advancement and encourages personal development for ‘first timers’.

The project expanded in 2011 and the space now includes artist studios, an art printing business, workshops, the Swarm Gallery and an arts materials shop. The team supports artists both locally and internationally and is developing a Residency Exchange Programme, as well as facilitating the expansion of their Business Education Partnership scheme. Resonate Arts House has also created the Assist Fund in collaboration with the French manufacturer Pebeo, to give financial support to Scottish-based art groups.


Building Date: 2010

Saturday: Gartmorn Dam 'yarnbombing' display by Resonate Knitting Group

Sunday: woodturning demonstration by Riverwood Studios

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Alloa St Mungo’s Parish Church
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07.09.13 (11.00-3.00) - 08.09.13 (12.30-3.00)
Bedford Place, Alloa,  FK10 1LJ
Alloa St Mungo’s Parish Church - Image 1Built by James Gillespie Graham to replace the old parish church in Kirkgate, this Late Georgian perpendicular structure is a large, ornate, battlemented rectangle with a five-bay north elevation. It has a soaring 207ft high spire, its corners clasped by flying buttresses with crocketed pinnacles. External additions were made in 1966 by Leslie Grahame Thomson.
The interior was also much altered by Leslie Grahame Thomson, who removed the galleries and added the panelled wood ceiling in 1936-7, as well as designing the pulpit, lectern, font and oak pews. In 1966-7 he created a new west chancel. The interesting stained glass is of late 19th and 20th century date, and includes work by William Meikle & Sons (1901), A L Moore & Co. (1901), William Wilson (1951-2) and John Blyth (1991).

Architect: James Gillespie Graham
Building Date: 1816-19

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Alloa The Alman Coach House Theatre
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (10.00 - 2.00)
Tullibody Road, Alloa,  FK10 2HU
Alloa The Alman Coach House Theatre - Image 1

The Alman Dramatic Club dates back to 1939, when a number of Alloa and Clackmannan enthusiasts responded to the exhortation that communities should work together to provide their own entertainment! 

In 1953 the Club was granted the use of the hay loft in the Coach House of Inglewood, a  mansion built in 1900 by the Forrester-Paton family.  The estate was later owned by the Church of Scotland, but a few years ago the club purchased the building outright from the Church.  This has enabled the Club to continue performing works by all the great playwrights, national and international, as well as their own members’ work. A project to restore the roof will begin in the autumn.


Architect: A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Building Date: 1900
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Alva Baptist Church
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07.09.13 (12.00 - 4.00) - 08.09.13 (12.15 - 3.00)
The Green (off Brook Street), Alva,  FK12 5JQ
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The present Baptist Church Hall in the area known as The Green was originally built as Alva Parish School  and schoolhouse in 1828. The Baptist Fellowship has worshipped in Alva since 1882. They purchased the property for £350 (£18,935 today) in 1886 from Alva School Board, after a new school known more recenrly as the Dalmore Centre, had been built.

This modest building was remodelled by the Alloa-based firm of Kerr & McCulloch in 1907, who may also have added the small addition at the north end in 1905. It is now L-plan in shape, consisting of one fairly tall storey, and is built of rubble, with harling on the front facade.


Architect: Kerr & McCulloch
Building Date: 1828 and 1905/7

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Visitors are welcome to join the Sunday service from 11.00 - 12.15

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Alva Old Kirkyard and the Johnstone Mausoleum
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07.09.13 - 08.09.13 (Guided tours: 14.00 & 15.00)
Loan Side, Ochil Road, Alva,  FK12 5JT
Alva Old Kirkyard and the Johnstone Mausoleum - Image 1

The church of St Serf was rebuilt in 1632 but was abandoned in the 1980s when the congregation merged with that of the Eadie Church. It was demolished after a fire in 1985. Its ‘footprint’ and some inscribed
stones remain, along with some interesting early gravestones in the kirkyard. The Erskine family, cousins of the Earls of Mar, had a burial vault beneath the church and there is a plaque in memory of Dr Robert Erskine (1677-1718), who was Chief Physician to Tzar Peter the Great.


The Johnstone Mausoleum was designed by Robert and James Adam for John Johnstone (1734–1795), who bought the Alva estate from James Erskine, Lord Alva, in 1775. Johnstone built the mausoleum c1790, following the death of his wife. Columns of the Greek Doric order flank the entrance, supporting a triangular pediment. It is one of only four Adam mausolea in Scotland. Johnstone, his wife and several of their descendants are buried in the original mausoleum: an eastern extension was added in the 19th century to accommodate additional burials. The mausoleum is similar to the one which John Johnstone erected around the same time in Dumfriesshire in memory of his father, Sir James Johnstone of Westerhall.
The mausoleum has been restored and during recent restoration of the floor further details about its use were discovered.


Architect: Robert and James Adam
Building Date: Mausoleum: 1790

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Clackmannan Parish Church
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07.09.13 (11.00-17.00) - 08.09.13 (14.00-16.00)
High Street, Clackmannan,  FK10 4JG
Clackmannan Parish Church - Image 1

Designed by James Gillespie Graham, this fine building probably replaced the medieval church built on the site in 1249. In perpendicular Georgian Gothic, with a buttressed tower against the west gable, there have been a number of alterations, but the interior retains many of its original features, including the pews and
gallery. A plaque by Sir Robert Lorimer commemorates Robert Bruce, Master of Burleigh, who was killed at Le Château in 1914.


The stained glass is impressive and all of mid-20th century date; there are windows by Herbert Hendrie (1938, 1940), Douglas Hamilton (1952, 1953), Gordon Webster (1964) and Sadie McLellan (1966), the last one donated by the Buick family of Hilton Fireclay, Brick & Tile Works in Alloa. The Coronation window, the only one in the county, is in the east wall of the gallery. Her Majesty the Queen visited the church on 9th July 1997 to see it.


In the kirkyard, some late 17th and early 18th century trade gravestones reflect the farming backgrounds of many of the inhabitants of the parish. The large memorial for the Bruce family can also be seen.


Architect: James Gillespie Graham
Building Date: 1813-15
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