FCC Scottish Action Fund helping to repair Coldingham Priory Church


The project has been enabled to proceed with grants from FCC Communities Foundation and Viridor Credits, under the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund scheme, as part of the scheme's objective to conserve historic buildings.

The Priory Church is of historic national significance, in an area of very early Christian settlement. Saint Ebba established her religious settlement in the early seventh century. The present building is in fact made up of a portion of a 13th century priory established by Benedictine monks. The North and East walls of the present building date from about 1200.

George Prentice BEM, the Coldingham & St Abbs Parish Church Fabric Convenor, said: “It is good to get this vital repair work under way. In six months’ time we expect to see the ancient walls of this important A Listed building in good order. Hopefully we will not need to worry about crumbling masonry again in our lifetime!”

The work on the walls is being undertaken by TJ Ferris Stonemasons, and the Parish is advised by Smith & Garratt, Chartered Surveyors.