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In this Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology we will be celebrating both buildings and archaeological and industrial landmarks in the county.

There will be special heritage events in Clackmannan, including Heritage Trail walks and performances of Tales of Clackmannan by the Walking Theatre Company.

There will be guided tours of Clackmannan and Sauchie Towers and a display of memorabilia relating to Bonnie Prince Charlie will be on show in Alloa Tower.

New heritage walks exploring the former Alloa House estate and Alloa Wagon way, generated by the work of the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative project A Tale of Two Estates, will also take place.

St Mungo’s Parish Church in Alloa and Clackmannan Parish Church are celebrating their Bicentenaries, while Sauchie and Coalsnaughton Parish Church is commemorating its 175th anniversary.

Other churches, historic kirkyards, Alva Ice House, Alloa Fire Station and The Coach House Theatre in Alloa are also included.

The digital brochure will be available as a download at the start of September.

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Alloa Fire Station

23-24 September 2017

Alloa Fire Station opened in 1964. It currently has four fire appliances, including specialist vehicles for urban search and rescue and heavy rescue. These are crewed by 28 wholetime personnel on a four watch rotational duty system and by 12 additional personnel on a retained duty system. The inception of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in April 2013 means that these fire crews and their supporting equipment from Alloa could be called upon to mobilise to anywhere in Scotland. The role of the fire service has changed dramatically since 1964. The modern fire service of today attends a range of incidents including fires, road traffic collisions, urban search and rescue, water rescue and rope rescue. The appliances and equipment within Alloa display the vast array of equipment required for these tasks. The crews are also pro-actively involved in all aspects of community safety work, including the delivery of home fire safety visits and engaging with the local community to give fire safety advice. To book a free Home Fire Safety Visit text ‘fire’ to 61611, call 0800 0731 999 or visit the website: www.firescotland.gov.uk

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Alloa Heritage Walks

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23-24 September 2017

Walk 1: The Alloa Wagon Way Alloa Tower was once at the centre of a large estate owned by the Erskines. The 6th Earl of Mar, before he was exiled, had developed a road through Alloa to bring coal from his mines to the harbour. In 1766 his daughter, Lady Frances Erskine, had wooden rails laid along its route to create a wagon way. The new wagon way made the transport of coal much more efficient and by 1775 Alloa was exporting over one third of Scotland’s total coal production. This walk will explore the surviving sections of the original wagon way through Alloa and will last no more than 1 hour 45 minutes. Walk 2: Alloa House and Park Lady Frances's son John Francis Erskine inherited the Alloa estate in 1776. He made some improvements, including creating a fish pond, fed by water taken from the River Black Devon and with an elaborate dam and sluice system. His grandson, the 9th Earl of Mar, built Alloa House in the 1830s and his successor the Earl of Kellie, who inherited the estate in 1866, made many improvements, extended the house considerably, built a walled garden, new lodges and, probably c1870, an ice house near the fish pond. This walk will explore the surviving evidence for the Alloa House estate, including the walled garden and the fish pond. It will last no more than 1 hour 45 minutes.

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Alloa Ludgate Church

23-24 September 2017

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 was altered several years ago: the original pews were 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.

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Alloa St John's Episcopal Church

23 September 2017

This fine church was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in a simple Geometric style, with a separate bell-tower and tall, broach spire. It is one of the most beautifully designed and finished Episcopal churches in Scotland. It was built for Walter Coningsby Erskine, Earl of Mar & Kellie, as a gift to the congregation.The ornate interior includes stained glass by C A Gibbs (1869), C E Kempe (1890, 1902), Douglas Strachan (1913) and Margaret Chilton (1939) given by the Erskine family, William Bailey of Alloa Pottery and the Younger family, brewers in Alloa; a Sicilian marble altar with a reredos mosaic by Salviati of Venice; and some very fine memorials,including an impressive marble effigy of Walter Coningsby Erskine, a World War I memorial designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and a chancel screen and accompanying memorial tablet of 1902 in memory of 2nd Lieutenant E J Younger, killed in the Boer War. The tablet contains an enamel by Phoebe Anna Traquair. Restoration of the spire and chancel was completed with financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and other funding bodies.

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Alloa St Mungo’s Parish Church

23-24 September 2017

Designed by James Gillespie Graham to replace the old parish church in Kirkgate, this Late Georgian building is a large, ornate, battlemented rectangle with a five-bay north elevation. It has an impressive 207ft high spire, its corners clasped by flying buttresses with crocketed pinnacles. External additions were made in 1966-7 by Leslie Grahame Thomson.The interior was also much altered by the same architect, 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). The congregation is now preparing to commemorate the bicentenary of the church in 2019 and repairs and restoration have begun. The statue of St Mungo, which used to stand in a niche cut into the west wall of the Old Kirk, has a new home in this church.

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Alloa The Coach House Theatre

23 September 2017

The Alman Dramatic Club was formed in 1939 by a group of fifteen women led by Helen Wright and Nettie Forsyth and soon became the largest performing arts group in the county. This informal group developed into an amateur dramatic club. In 1953 the Club was allowed to use the hay loft in the former Coach House of Inglewood, a mansion built in 1900 by the Forrester-Paton family and designed by A G Sydney Mitchell & Wilson. The estate was later owned by the Church of Scotland and the club eventually purchased the Coach House.The Hay Loft Theatre opened in 1957, but in 1959 its present name was adopted. Since then it has been the club’s permanent home, its unique 63-seat theatre providing audiences with an intimate theatrical experience where they have seen numerous performances, including many full-length plays, as well as modern writing, comedy, tragedy and satire. The Club has performed works by all the great playwrights, national and international, as well as their own members’ work. The theatre is also used by other groups for a range of cultural activities.The building was renovated with grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other supporters.

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Alloa Tower

23-24 September 2017

One of the largest and finest towers of its type in Scotland, it was home to the distinguished Erskine family, Earls of Mar, from the later 14th century until 1800. By 1693 a mansion, kitchen tower, brew house and other buildings had been added. In 1702 John, 6th Earl of Mar, began to convert the tower into an elegant modern house and created an ambitious and extensive planned landscape around his home. In 1800 the mansion was destroyed by fire, but the tower survived. By the 1980s it was derelict. Alloa Tower Building Preservation Trust restored it to its likely appearance in 1712. The tower was opened formally by Her Majesty the Queen in 1997. A fine collection of Erskine family portraits is displayed, along with many items of family silver, while a DVD tells the story of the tower. Alloa Tower is owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

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Alva Ice House

24 September 2017

James Raymond Johnstone inherited the Alva House estate in 1795. He added a new west wing and probably the stable block and ice house, in c.1810-20.  The ice house is buried on the slope below the stables. By the mid-19th century most country houses and estates had an ice house, to keep provisions cold and fresh and provide a supply of ice for fruit sherbets and table decorations. The introduction of refrigeration in the early 1900s rendered ice houses obsolete.  This ice house is a fine example, consisting of an entrance passage leading into a heptagonal corridor around the main ice chamber, which is egg-shaped, with a flattened base and a hatch at the top through which to lower the ice. The corridor has six niches set into the inner walls, with stone storage shelves.  There would have been three doors, to maintain a dry, even temperature and atmosphere for the ice. The ice house was restored as part of the Ochils Landscape Partnership programme.

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Alva Old Kirkyard and Johnstone Mausoleum

23-24 September 2017

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 has been restored and a glass roof has replaced the pitched roof of the 19th century extension.The Old Kirkyard was restored as part of the Historic Kirkyards Trail project of the Ochils Landscape Partnership programme.

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Clackmannan Parish Church

23-24 September 2017

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 Cateau on 26th August 1914, an early casualty of the First World War. 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.

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