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Churches and Chapels in Shetland


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#1 Oddrun

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 07:44 AM

This link goes to a page with kirks I know more or less nothing about :
http://shetlopedia.c...hes_and_Chapels
Please Shetlinkers, take a look at it...just little bits of info is useful !!
Cheers, Oddrun

#2 MaxFusion

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 11:09 AM

the old bakery in walls was a former church, it was also built on the site of a much older church(you could see the remains of it on the pics that were online last time it was up for sale)
it was also the Aurora knitting factory for years when I was a kid oot wast.
can't mind dates exactly but it stood for a few years empty before becoming the walls bakery.

#3 shetlander

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 11:49 AM

The kirk in West Sandwick, Yell was a Church of Scotland and held services up until at least the late 1980s. I don't believe it was named though. If memory serves me rightly it was sold along with the adjacent Manse and is now privately owned.

I seem to mind the kirk at Haroldswick being used by Ian Reid when he was based up in Unst although somebody with more local knowledge can correct me if I'm wrong.

#4 Oddrun

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:32 PM

Thank you so far....Now at least I can make a page for the West Sandwick one...I just call it West Sandwick Kirk...
It would be interesting to know someting about the one up in Unst....
and also the one near Tangwick Haa..
Shetland Museum has a picture of a cross :
http://photos.shetla...nd2ljayI7&pg=46
They say it is probably in the chapel at Tangwick....I wonder if that was the house I have a pic of ..it looks very much like a former chapel..Then is the question, what kind of chapel ; C. of Scotland, Methodist or something else..

#5 MaxFusion

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:45 PM

I believe the one in eshaness(tangwick) was a chapel that was sold off and converted into a house in the not too distant past.

#6 Oddrun

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 02:36 PM

:wink:
Hopefully someone from Northmavine reads this...I thought about joining their forum and ask there about the Tangwick Chapel....
:roll: I see that the Mods has changed the name on my thread....I made that that "Please Read" title just so that people who normally are not interested in Churches and Chapels could stumble in, and maybe they could know something.......but the Mods are the bosses.... :roll:

Another thing I wonder about is if someone could happen to have a picture of the Swedish Fishermen's Church in Baltasound...as I understand it, the building blew down in a hurricane in the early 1990's....I have really no idea where in Baltasound it stood, so I have no chance to find it on old Museum pictures...

#7 EM

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 04:09 PM

I see that the Mods has changed the name on my thread....I made that that "Please Read" title just so that people who normally are not interested in Churches and Chapels could stumble in, and maybe they could know something.......but the Mods are the bosses.... :roll:

But on the flip side, all those people interested in churches, architecture, history etc., and who avoid clicking on "Please read" type titles, they would have missed it. Always best to be straight and transparent rather than trying to trick people into clicking something. A good Mod decision, such titles are bad netiquette.

#8 Oddrun

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 05:16 PM

OK, I know I'm an IDIOT, Just forget it ...
And the church people had the chance to answer last time I posted the link...thought it was worth the try, not worse than "I'm back" as a headline I thought....
Mods, better delete the whole thing !!

#9 Njugle

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 06:15 PM

No, will not. :P

But seriously, because of Shetlands very rich ecclesial history it may be a subject of interest to many and you may get further posts offered here for a long time to come.

Hopefully so, many interesting kirks, whatever your beliefs are.

#10 Oddrun

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 08:07 PM

Do whatever you want........I'm gone

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:18 PM

......Shetlands very rich ecclesial history

Should that not be Ecclesiastical? Rhymes with testical, the thing which always risks the chance of being removed by an angry Trowie. :wink:
:lol:

#12 Njugle

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 11:44 PM

^ I hummed and heyed ower dat me'sell, but as it happens:

http://www.merriam-w...onary/ecclesial

It was a new wan on me, to be honest. :wink:

Just to be a coward about it I'll say that I didna change the thread title- Just to protect my ecclesiasticals from a wicked angry Trowie. :wink:

(Hoping sho will still get some use o diss treed tho :wink: )

#13 MuckleJoannie

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 11:46 PM

I happened to see the title deeds for the Waas bakery (former kirk) a few years ago. It was originally built in the 1840's when the land was bought from the landowner.

The Kirk Business Centre was the Scalloway School gym before the games hall was built.

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:57 PM

I think that the site of the kirk you mention in Baltasound is close to the pier. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 01:22 AM

there will definately be somebody in Unst who will know, surely a history group or something , By the way ,is the Voe kirk on it? it was pre reformation wi the bit on the back older still , possibly as old as monastic, and an old ruin in Lunna as old

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 02:16 AM

^^ What's the kirk down at the water's edge at Voe in the three b&w Museum pics on this page? Its not the present day kirk that's in the two colour pics, it doesn't seem to exist any more. Looking at Google Earth etc, the road that goes to the graveyard and the old kirk these days seems to run right through the site of where it was.

http://shetlopedia.com/Voe_Kirk

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 09:43 AM

I think that the site of the kirk you mention in Baltasound is close to the pier. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.


Yes, there is a memorial near the site now:

http://www.bohusgillet.se/Shetleng.htm

The Unst pony sale used to be held there, if you search the museum photo collection for "swedish kirk" there are 3 pictures.

#18 hoosn

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 12:06 PM

the kirk thats not there any more was an architectural mishap lol , and became structurally unsafe in the 30's 40's or so i believe,due to having too big windows n too little masonry which was crumbly limestone and yes it was at Baakka somewhere, by the by, the long low house thats close the site was left over from ww2 and housed the voe telephone exchange for a time before being converted to a house, the old kirk is very old as i said

#19 MuckleJoannie

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 01:46 PM

A relative of mine stayed in Bakka during the late 1960's and we used to visit her regularly so I am pretty familiar with the location. All signs of the kirk seem to have disappeared by then. There was an army camp there during the wartime. The foundations of the huts were still there then, indeed Bakka is was a former army hut. It could be that the military completely cleared the area. Indeed looking at the photos Bakka may stand on part of its site.

The ruins of the previous Olnafirth Kirk can be seen in some the photos. I was always puzzled why the original churh was a ruin while the present church seem to be reasonably new. I see that remains of its precedessor were completely expunged.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 02:19 PM

^^ This is a newspaper quote pertaining to a Voe Kirk opening -

"A new parish church erected at Olnafirth, Delting, by the Heritors of the Parish, described as a commodious and elegant structure, was opened on November 21st 1868 by Rev. John Moffat, officiating Minister of the Parish of Delting."

Question is, does it refer to the one that was demolished, or to the current Kirk.

The current Kirk looks older than something built around the 1930's, although that's just a calculated guess, so I stand corrected if wrong. If it was built as far back as 1868 though, what was the purpose of the demolished one during the up to 50+ years both existed?