Glasserton Church, near Whithorn, has been given a new lease of life.

For many years the historic Category A listed building suffered severe water ingress problems taking its toll on the internal fabric of the building.   

Water poured in from the tower and the adjoining roof and major repairs were needed to fix the problem.

It is not being over dramatic to say that the church could not have survived without a Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.   

The government sponsored fund helped UK’s listed places of worship stay weather-tight, safe and open for use.

It is administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund on behalf of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The congregation and supporters of Glasserton Church say they are indebted to the fund for the generous funding that allowed the project to proceed.   

The extensive repair work on the church tower and the re-roofing of the adjoining section, together with other ancillary works, will hopefully allow the church to dry out.

During the course of repairs a problem with the four pinnacles that adorn the top of the church tower was discovered.

A number of the sandstone pieces were cracked and the pinnacles were deemed to be potentially unsafe.   

Thanks again to the generosity of the fund, money was made available to dismantle and re build them, replacing defective sandstone as appropriate.

The work was carried out by Luce Bay Plant  Hire with architectural guidance from Savills, Dumfries.

Services,  as they were before the  closure, are held on the first and last Sunday of each month.

The 18th century church continues to provide a peaceful and serene setting for all those who visit.

Main picture: Glasserton Church before the repairs. Copyright Billy McCrorie.