See historic kirkyard stones restored at Dalzell Estate

Project sees fallen stones repaired at St Patrick's historic kirkyard

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Date posted: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Recent work funded by CAVLP and North Lanarkshire Council has seen many of the fallen gravestones at St Patrick's kirkyard, Dalzell, restored to their former glory.

Dalzell Estate, which has benefitted from much investment over the last few years, including the restoration of the stone walls and mausoleum, and reinstatement of woodland paths, has now had many of its fallen and damaged stones restored.

A team of conservators have been working throughout the last week to upright and repair stones which have fallen victim to time. Due to modern techniques, the stones will be stronger than they were originally, and should stand proud for many years to come.

Among the restored stones is that of the Rev James Classon, which is said to mark the spot of the alter of the original kirk, demolished in the 18th century. This tall stone featured a large carved urn on its top, which had long been separated from its column. The urn was located (a surprising distance from the stone given that it is sold stone and how heavy it is) and reinstated upon the pillar.

Above: the stone and urn as they were before restoration. Below: the stone plinth and urn of Rev James Classon reunited once again.

You can get involved with researching, recording and caring for historic graveyards in the Clyde and Avon Valley by joining in with the Treasured Remains project with Archaeology Scotland, running from now until January 2018. Click the news and event items below to find out more, including how to book.

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