Thursday, January 24, 2013

Closure of Whitsome Church

I was sorry to read in the press today of the forthcoming closure of Whitsome Parish Church (above)
The present building dates from about 1820 but it is recorded that there has been a place of worship on the site since at least 1296 when one "Radulphus de Hauden parsona de Whytesum" swore allegiance to Edward 1 of England.
It is also recorded that in about the year 1700 when Thomas Boston preached in the Church the crush was so great that people climbed on to the roof and made holes in the thatch to see and hear this renowned preacher.
Changed days regrettable - like so many other Churches attendances have been falling over the years, not helped by general rural depopulation and the recent closure of the local primary school.
Whitsome Church is now linked with Fogo and Swinton, Ladykirk and Leitholm.
Members with connections to the Parish will probably be interested in the Whitsome website which contains among numerous other records a transcription and photographs of all the stones in the Old Churchyard and a list of head of households in 1834.

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