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Tour of Britain Cycle Race
 
Please be aware that the race will be passing through Pencaitland at 2.30 pm on Saturday 11 September and through Dalkeith at 2.50 pm.
 
Roads on and around the route will be closed for around 15 minutes until the race passes through.
 
Please be sure not to park on the route that day.  The route will be marked with yellow advanced warning signs.
 
There will be an advance vehicle 15 minutes ahead of the race, to keep people up-to-date with proceedings.
 
Please plan your Doors Open Day visits accordingly.

Please be advised that many venues have COVID-19 safety measures in place. You may be asked to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser or maintain social distance, please respect these requests. 

Please note that venues may be subject to temporary closure at short notice. Where possible we advise that you check with venues before visiting, and please follow the guidance of staff and volunteers on site.

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Midlothian

Crichton Collegiate Church

11 September 2021

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.

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Midlothian

St Mary's Episcopal Church

11 September 2021

The 5th Duke of Buccleuch commissioned architects William Burns and David Bryce to build St Mary's as a private chapel for Dalkeith House and Estate. Designed in the Early English style, it opened in 1845. In 1890 a further side chapel, the Buccleuch Aisle, was added by the 6th Duke with a burial vault for the Buccleuch family beneath it. The Church has 4 significant features: the magnificent stained glass windows with a triple-light window at the front, and a rose window at the back, which were made in France, heraldic Minton Floor Tiles bearing the crests of the various families linked to the Buccleuch's, a superb example of a double hammer-head beam roof and a fan vaulted chancel; the last continuously working water powered organ in the country which was built by the renowned organ builder, William Hamilton of Edinburgh.

Midlothian

Vogrie House & Country Park

11 September 2021

Vogrie retains much of its character as a Victorian parkland estate, with sweeping carriage drives, beautifully landscaped vistas, an original walled garden and the baronial-style Vogrie House. Built in 1876 by Andrew Heiton, Town Architect for Perth, the house is a fine example of Victorian baronial splendour and one of the best surviving examples of Heiton's work. The house was a typical country house with a library, servants quarters and many bedrooms. Transformed in the 1920s into a nursing home for the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, the house was sold on to local government in the 1950s and had a role during the Cold War as a control centre for communications.

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