St Kentigern’s Church is one of around 8,000 Scheduled Monuments in Scotland. These are recognised by Historic Environment Scotland as being nationally important monuments and sites. National importance takes account of a wide range of factors, including artistic, archaeological, architectural, historic, traditional, aesthetic, scientific and social. The aim of scheduling is to preserve sites and monuments as far as possible in the form in which they have come down to us today.

The project to ‘Save St Kentgiern’s Church’ has been driven forward by Douglas Ritchie, retired Structural Engineer and Vice Chair of the Lanark Community Development Trust.

As of September 2018, remedial building works have now commenced. Douglas commented “After many years of hard work progressing this project with South Lanarkshire Council and Historic Environment Scotland, it’s fantastic to finally see it come to fruition.”

“I first became involved in the project around 4 years ago because the Church, and Mausoleum, were at severe risk of collapse and I wanted action to secure the future for both structures thus preventing any further deterioration of these extremely important ‘hidden gems’ of Lanark’s heritage.”

Douglas and the Development Trust have plans to develop St Kentigern’s Church and Mausoleum as an asset to promote tourism to the local area, based on the results of a recent feasibility study conducted by The Moffat Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University. These plans include historically sympathetic aesthetic improvements to the entrance avenue and improvements to roadside and pavement signage indicating the entrance to the church. Plans also include the development of a marketing strategy, to increase local, national and international awareness of the church and their significant connections to William Wallace – as well as an interpretation strategy to provide engaging information at the historic site.

Project Timeline
  • September 2018 – Remedial building works commenced to halt the deterioration of this 11/12th Century iconic local Scheduled Ancient Monument and the adjoining Grade B listed Mausoleum, Click here to read the full news story.
  • July 2018 – The Moffat Centre presented the St Kentigern’s Church Feasibility Study to the Lanark Community Development Trust Board.
  • December 2017 – The Development Trust received funding from LEADER to commission a Feasibility Study into the tourism attraction potential of St Kentigern’s Church.
  • November 2014 – Essential repairs were carried out at St Kentigern’s Church to stabilise one of Lanark’s most important historical assets. The building has been strengthened by two linked L-shaped restraint brackets which will support the gables of the structure in order to prevent possible gale damage. JSK Construction Services were appointed by South Lanarkshire Council to carry out the repair work with design approval by Historic Scotland.

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