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Fenwick Parish Church - East Ayrshire

Fenwick Parish Church, Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Built at an angle in the grounds to arrange the church east to west.

Most Christian churches tend to bury people with their feet to the west.


Fenwick Parish Church, Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland

Note the guard posts against the resurrectionists.

Resurrectionists? Body snatchers. Up to about the 1830s there was a brisk trade in digging up the dead and selling the cadavers to the University in Glasgow (for example) for education and dissection.

The guard posts were so the relatives could protect the deceased from being dug up and sold for a decent interval after interrment.

You've heard of Burke and Hare? Like that, except that they created their own cadavers.

(Some websites describe the boxes as being for collections as people enter the church. Not accurate, by a wide margin.)


Fenwick Parish Church, Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland

A close up of the door, date plate and attachments.

Hanging to the left of the door is a brank or scold's bridle. A steel head-band to keep gossip's quiet.

Oddly, a lot of people find this page because of that reference. (Gossips seem to attract interest.)


Fenwick Parish Church, Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland

A tighter in view.


Fenwick Parish Church, Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland

From ground level looking north.




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