Simpson & Brown Architects with Addyman Archaeology

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Yester Kirk

Yester Kirk

Exterior

Yester Kirk

Yester Kirk

Interior

Yester Kirk

Yester Kirk

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Yester Kirk is cateogry A-listed and is one of the finest examples of an early 18th century church in Scotland which when it was newly built was intended to be a focal point of a new planned village. It is highly significant, both for its architecture and as a key component of its formal setting within the village of Gifford. Its domestic character, particularly that of the family aisle, with its clear-glazed sash windows, has survived largely unchanged. It is a good example of the ‘T’ plan church type, characteristic of Scottish post-reformation church architecture; its interior, with elevated pulpit, North, South and East lofts, exemplify the preaching kirk of the period.

The repair and conservation works included extensive roof works, new harling, window repairs and a full interior redecoration. In many ways the most interesting part of the whole exercise was to the interior, to get it warmer, more comfortable and usable on an everyday basis. It is our strongly held view that the future of churches depends on giving them a real role in the community; it is increasingly hard for diminishing congregations to maintain these wonderful buildings for Sunday services only, however central they may be.

In response to the Yester Kirk Session’s brief, we improved disabled access up to and into the church and installed an accessible toilet.  A folding-sliding partition was added below the Laird’s Loft, to close off a small meeting room, with hidden kitchenette, for community use and the Laird’s anteroom altered to improve it as a Sunday school and meeting space.

But most importantly improvements were made to the heating, lighting and servicing generally.  Working with Glendevon Energy, a wood pellet boiler was installed to replace the old and costly oil boiler.  A pellet store was created beneath the boiler room and the boiler flue taken into the original chimney flue of the Laird’s anteroom fireplace. 

Project name: Yester Kirk
Client name: The Kirk Session, Yester Kirk
Contract value: Private
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