NS3975 : Dumbarton West Kirk: former burial ground

taken 5 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Dumbarton West Kirk: former burial ground
Dumbarton West Kirk: former burial ground
This area behind the church halls of the West Kirk (NS3975 : Dumbarton West Kirk: church halls) was, until recent times, a burial ground. In the 1790s, land was feued here for the building of a church (that building is no longer present, but has been replaced twice since then), and for a burial ground.

The building that now serves as church halls (see the link just given) dates from 1860, and was the first of the replacements for the original church. It, in turn, was replaced by the present-day West Kirk, whose rear is visible in the right background of the present photograph. See NS3975 : Dumbarton West Kirk for a view of that building, and for much more information.

When the burial ground was surveyed in 1969, there were still numerous memorials here, but it is obvious from this picture that they have been cleared away since then. Only the MacAuslan Memorial and the Buchanan Memorial remain: NS3975 : Dumbarton West Kirk: the MacAuslan Memorial / NS3975 : Dumbarton West Kirk: the Buchanan Memorial. There is also a War Memorial nearby: NS3975 : War Memorial from Dalreoch Church.
Dumbarton West Kirk
The present church building opened in 1888, and is the work of Dumbarton's town architect, John McLeod. It replaces William Spence's 1860 church building, which stands immediately to the south of the present church, and which now serves as church halls. The 1860 building, in turn, replaced the original Relief Church at West Bridgend, which was built in 1794, and which stood in the same area. The associated burial ground, now cleared away, also dated from 1794.
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Date Taken
Friday, 11 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 24 January, 2013
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Religious sites 
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Burial Ground 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3901 7550 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7295N 4:34.7698W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3903 7548
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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