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Church Buildings in Arbirlot & Carmyllie

November 1, 2010 by  
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Arbirlot Church of Sootland

Arbirlot Church of Scotland

The Church buildings and halls are well maintained with excellent stained glass windows. Both Churches have good organs (+ pianos) but owing to a lack of organist, Arbirlot now have a Hymn Technology 300 device which supplies computer sampled organ sound to accompany singing and has up to 2700 tunes. Carmyllie Church have an induction loop installed, generously donated by a member. In 2009, the Listed Buildings Inspectorate considered Carmyllie Church and its curtilage to be uniquely unspoiled in the East of Scotland.

Inside Carmyllie Church

Inside Carmyllie ChurchThe stained glass windows in both Churches are notable; Arbirlot has windows in memory of the Rev Thomas Guthrie, an exceptionally fine War Memorial window and a beautiful Millenium children’s window. Carmyllie Church contains the magnificent Arts and Crafts stained glass windows by Scotland’s then leading artist in that medium, Steven Adam. These commemorate the invention by the Rev Patrick Bell, minister of Carmyllie Church, of the mechanical reaping machine which revolutionised crop harvesting.

Arbirlot Church has a large hall (the former Free Church in the village) and Carmyllie has a small modern hall near the Church. Both Churches have glebes, farmed by members of the Church for the benefit of Church funds.

Arbirlot & Carmyllie Parish Manse

Arbirlot & Carmyllie Parish Manse

The manse, in Arbirlot, is an architect-designed, 4 bedroomed house built in 1984. It is situated in a large, attractive garden screened by mature trees with extensive lawns to front and rear.

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