Detailed review by tb240904
Douglas, United Kingdom
Old St Bride's Church is an old church in Douglas. Douglas is a small community in South Lanarkshire, near my home town of Lanark. Most recently it has been associated heavily with mining, as there were a number of coal deposits in the area, amongst other minerals. In the past, however, Douglas has always been an important settlement in the area. One of Scotland's most famous families from history, the Douglases (including the Red and Black Douglases) take their name from the village. St Bride's Church was, in fact, also the mausoleum of the Black Douglases. In the 16th century, Mary Queen of Scots stayed in the village and gifted them the clock which adorns the top of St Bride's and is believed to be the oldest working clock in Scotland.
I quite enjoyed my trip to St Bride's. Unfortunately, you can only access the inside of the church by prior arrangement, but I took a nice walk through the grounds. Most of the graves are centuries old but I remember seeing a few from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I'm from the area but I didn't recognise any of the names. The graveyard has not been maintained that well over the years but it doesn't seem that any graves have been destroyed. The church itself has been reasonably well kept but is partially in ruins. The clock tower is rather impressive and is a later addition but blends in well with the rest of the building. As I mentioned above, the clock still works (but on my last visit, I noted that it wasn't telling the right time - about 20 minutes ahead).
I'm hopeful I'll get to go inside the church this summer, but visiting the grounds forms a decent part of a day out in Douglas. I recommend visiting in the summer at the weekend because the Douglas Heritage Museum, which is right next to the church, will be open and they will be able to tell you all about the history of the church.
Old St Bride's Church