NS3975 : The ruins of St Serf's Church

taken 8 months ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The ruins of St Serf's Church
The ruins of St Serf's Church
Comparison with earlier pictures (such as NS3975 : The ruins of St Serf's Church) shows that the fence that had long surrounded the ruin is gone, and that vegetation has been cleared from the walls.

For the main description of the ruin itself, see NS3975 : The ruins of St Serf's Church.
Ruins of St Serf's Church
This was the ancient parish church for Cardross Parish. Its ruins are located in what is now Levengrove Park LinkExternal link and some much later memorials for various members of the Dixon family (who were connected with Dumbarton's Glassworks) are now located within its walls.
Levengrove Park :: NS3974
The lands of Levengrove were originally part of an area named Ferrylands, so called because, before Dumbarton Bridge was built in 1765, the River Leven was crossed by means of a ferry. John Dixon, a Dumbarton merchant, acquired Levengrove in 1805 from Richard Dennistoun of Kelvingrove (in Glasgow).

The Dixons built Levengrove House (demolished c.1880), whose former grounds make up much of what is now the park. In 1885, Levengrove Park, 32 acres in area, was gifted to the town of Dumbarton by Dr Peter Denny and John McMillan (son of local shipbuilder Archibald McMillan), the expense to them being 20,000.

The park contains the ruins of St Serf's Church LinkExternal link anciently the parish church of Cardross. That church was at one time part of a cluster of buildings, a clachan, that is marked as "Little Kirktoun" on the Pont/Blaeu map of the Lennox. The ruined church was later used by the Dixon family as a burial place.
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Date Taken
Friday, 21 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Thursday, 27 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3934 7500 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.4669N 4:34.4352W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3933 7500
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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