Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ceres Parish Church North Fife

Ceres Parish Church. Ceres is one of the most historic and picturesque villages in Scotland and one of the few Scottish villages to have a village green. Its most memorable feature is possibly the 19th century statue of "The Provost" at the Cross, which is in the form of a toby jug and is probably satirical.
The village is dominated by the Parish Church. It overlooks The Little Red Drum Gallery. It has what is possibly the shortest High Street in Scotland - just a few houses on each side. In a prominent position by the village green is a monument commemorating the men of Ceres who fought in the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. It was erected on the six hundredth anniversary of the battle, in 1914.
The Fife Folk Museum is located in the village and commemorates rural life of a bygone era. Agriculture remains important to the local economy, but many local residents now commute to work in nearby towns and cities such as Perth, Cupar, Dundee, St. Andrews and Glenrothes. A pottery in the village has revived the manufacture of traditional Fife Wemyss Ware.
The current Parish Church was built in 1806 to a design by Alexander Leslie, replacing a medieval building. A tower and octagonal spire were added in the 1850s. Apart from the addition of electric lighting and two early 20th century stained glass windows (either side of the central pulpit), the interior is substantially unaltered from when first built and retains the gallery and original wooden box pews. There is a service every Sunday morning at 11.00 am.
Within the vestibule of the church a late medieval effigy of a knight which was originally in the ancient church is preserved on a modern stand. It is extremely well-preserved and shows interesting details of 15th century armour.
There is a mausoleum in the cemetery which was established by the widow of Robert 9th Lord Lindsay and is called "Lady Boyd's House" as she subsequently married the 6th Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock.
Ceres Church is within the Church of Scotland Presbytery of St Andrews. In 1983, the parish of Ceres was linked (and later united) with the neighbouring parish of Springfield. This united parish was further united with Kemback in 2005, although the three church buildings are retained. One serving past minister of Ceres has been Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland: the Rev Thomas Buchanan in 1588. The charge is currently vacant.

One of many gravestones in Ceres Parish Church. William Meldrum. Meldrum a name one frequently comes across in Fife. If you are looking for a bespoke grave stone. Try

1 comment:

Marie said...

What a beautiful building. The gravestone is unique also.