Guided walk takes in three Forfar churches

A GUIDED walk taking in three of the churches in Forfar is being organised for Saturday, June 11 by The Places of Worship Project.

The short walk will start outside St Margaret’s Church, West High Street.

“We will show a number of former places of worship, of various denominations, along with a tour around two of Forfar’s current churches,” explains a project spokesperson.

“Refreshments will be included at the end of the tour and are included in the ticket price.

“The aim of the walk is to draw people’s attention to the large number of places of worship even fairly small towns and villages have had over the years, and what has happened to those buildings no longer in use for worship.

“Most people will be surprised by the large number of buildings used for worship and the number of different denominations represented in most communities.

“It can be fascinating to discover what uses redundant religious buildings have found in subsequent years.

“The tours around the interiors of St John’s Episcopal Church and the East and Old Parish Church will highlight the similarities and differences in church layout and furnishing, depending on the denomination.”

The walk will start from St. Margaret’s Church at 2 pm, and will last around three hours.

Tickets are £5 (including refreshments) and can be bought from the project manager, Jonathan Dowling.

He can be contacted at Forfar Library, email: or by telephoning him on 01307 462362.

The Places of Worship Project was set up by Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR) – a body which promotes the recording of church sites and buildings of all places of worship in Scotland, for the benefit of everyone interested in understanding and protecting this rich heritage for the people of Scotland.

SCHR set up project to complete an on-line resource of places of worship in Scotland.

The website already includes limited details on some 10,500 sites, ranging from early chapel and monastic sites, through to small rural churches, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting halls.

Many of these buildings date from the period of population growth and religious upheaval in the 19th century.

Now many lie redundant, while others have been reused, redeveloped and, in some cases, demolished.

The Places of Worship Project website will provide a photographic snapshot record, with documentary data, of all the places of worship in Scotland as they are in the early years of the 21st century.

The national record created can be used by local communities, schools, congregations, historical groups, family historians and researchers.

The Places of Worship Project involves two aspects of work. The first is to gather information on the buildings and their history, and to visit and photograph them.

The second element is to enlist the support of the local community – congregations, groups, teachers, individuals, historical societies and schools.

Some may help by recording and photographing sites, while others will search old books, archives and newspapers, for example.

The Places of Worship Project also works in the communities in which they are researching, through displays, tours, open days, site visits, exhibitions and talks.