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All Saints Challoch Church

4 September 2021 (11:00-16:00)

Dumfries and Galloway

The church was designed by the architects, Habbershon & Pate of Bloomsbury, London, and is said to be one of the best examples in Scotland of a small Victorian church; both church and the rectory mansion are listed buildings, the church being Grade ‘A’. The church at Challoch, has also had many associations with the Earls of Galloway, and the font and fine brass lectern were gifts from a former Earl. 

There are 10 stained glass windows, and 17 memorial plaques.  The pine altar, usually covered by fine altar frontals, stands in the stone reredos with its gothic arches.  The wrought iron and brass rod screen was given by Mrs Elizabeth Stopford-Blair in memory of her husband.

The organ is a fine example of a manual ‘tracker’ and was built by Harston of Newark-on-Trent in 1881, having an electric blower added by the James’s of Killiemore following the death in 1956 of Hew Lawrence James, aged 22, in whose memory it is dedicated.  The organ was restored in 1992, and appears to be the only example of Harston’s work still in original condition in use in Great Britain.

The peal consists of three bells which were re-cast by Taylors of Loughborough at the charge of William Malcolm Hamilton of Craichlaw. They were dedicated on the feast of the Epiphany in 1924 to the memory of his mother and sister.  The bells were tuned, restored and electronically mechanised by the same company from a generous donation by Berkley Stewart of Barraer in memory of his wife Sandra, and dedicated on 13th August 1989.

Our Grade One listed Victorian church has ramp access and an amplification system with a loop for the hard of hearing. Large print and Braille liturgies are available. The toilet block is accessible for the disabled. Refreshments are served in church after the 10.30 service and we often have a sale of home-baked cakes and bread.

We have ecumenical links with the local churches. We meet together informally after all our services. Our Fellowship Group meets monthly in members’ houses.

All Saints is in the east of the county on the A714, twenty seven miles from Stranraer and about three miles off the A75. It is situated approximately two miles north of Newton Stewart.

Originally a private chapel, it was bequeathed to the Diocese in 1885. It was completely restored in 2004 and had major alterations in 2017 to enable alternative types of services and to provide an area where people can meet informally. It is a fine example of a small Victorian church and seats one hundred plus twenty in the choir stalls. It has a Harston two manual tracker organ and a small choir.

The church has its own cemetery and a large car park and exterior toilet. Both the church and the toilet have disability access. There is a loop system for the hard of hearing. All Saints is a Fair Trade church.

There are strong links with Whithorn Priory, seventeen miles away, where monthly services are held. There are also links with the local Residential homes and the housebound.

The style of worship is traditional using the Scottish Liturgies of 1970 (traditional language) and 1982 (modern language) as well as the 1929 Scottish Prayer Book for Matins. There are Pastoral and Eucharistic Assistants and Worship Leaders who assist the Priest.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Churches of Commonwealth countries, the American Episcopal Church, and the Churches of England, Ireland and Wales. Through the Porvoo Agreement, we are also in communion with the Scandinavian Lutheran Churches.

We are an inclusive, affirming community where all are welcome. You are invited to share in all our services and in the Holy Eucharist. All baptised people are welcome to receive Holy Communion with us. If browsing these pages encourages you to visit us, we shall be delighted to meet you.


Digital Resources

All Saints Virtual Tour

Enjoy a unique video of the Doors Open Days Exhibits and interior of the Church.

Go on a virtual guided tour!

For Doors Open Days 2021 visitors can listen to Catherine Demetriades violinist playing a selection of classical, traditional, and Scottish music 1pm till 1.45pm Sat 4th.

Visitors can also enjoy the following activities with the theme of Then and Now:-

1. Photo display of family occasions in the past

2. Church dressed with floral displays to celebrate a wedding

3. Wedding dresses through the ages and ‘spot the bride’ competition

4. Family history records records for genealogists plus cemetery layout

5. Display of church vestments - chasuables

6. Children’s activity

7. Catherine Clark Demetriadi, Violinist

8. Vintage tea party

9. Video of All Saints Challoch on our website

Key Information

Architect: Habbershon & Pate, Bloomsbury, London.

Building Date: 19th Century

  • All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Challoch
  • Newton Stewart
  • DG8 6RB