Fenwick Parish Church
Fenwick, north of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire
Most Christian churches are built facing east/west which probably explains the odd angle of the church to its grounds.
Note the guard posts at the gates which were built so that families could protect their dead from the resurrectionists.
Resurrectionists? Body snatchers who sold the dead bodies stolen from graveyards to the university in Glasgow to be used to train future doctors in anatomy.
You may have heard of Burke & Hare in Edinburgh. Their plans were simpler;
they created their own cadavers…
From ground level looking north - the left-hand side in the above photo - showing the door with the scold's bridle and the date plaque on the wall and over the door.
A scold's bridle? Also known as a brank or gossip's bridle.
It was used to punish women who were known to be gossips or who offended others with inappropriate or hateful talk.
Plans to re-introduce it in Scotland were abandoned after the failure of the independence vote. But there are a few who might do well from a wee spell wearing one. Mostly politicians, it has to be said.
This is a feature of many Scottish churches and is usually the entrance to private pews upstairs in the church for the use of the local lord and his lady.
Naturally, being true Christians, they wouldn't have wanted to mix with the peasantry on the ground floor.
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