Painted in Acrylics by C.B. O’Reilly

Re-construction of St. Ninians kirk, Stonehouse Lanarkshire. The ruins of St.Ninians (old) parish church are located on a site overlooking the Avon Water, that has been used for ceremony and burials since the Bronze age. The original church was built in the 13th century and was later restored in 1734. The building finally fell into ruin after the present St. Ninians church was built in 1772.
During it’s life, the church was used as the village church, school and gathering place, making it the hub of the community.
Following its disuse, the structure was largely demolished and the material was reused to make other buildings and walls in the area. Today only one gable wall and the bell tower remain standing.
This painting is an artists impression of how the church may have looked in the mid 1700s. The architectural details and style used have been taken from the exixting ruins and from other contemporary parish churches located in Lanarkshire.

An ornamental model of St. Ninians kirk is available via my website.


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  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    Great impression of what the old kirk may have been like. A very inviting scene.
    Stuart, I’ll have to check out your model too.

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    Many Thanks Kasia. Neil has done a good job of adding a bit of 18th century life to the auld place. Have a look at my photos in my portfolio of the kirk as it stands today.

    – Stuart Fellowes

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 4 years ago

    When I looked at the picture of the ruin I expected to see so much more still in place, but it really was largely demolished. The model is really impressive and you clearly put a lot of work into creating all those architectural details!

  • Thanks Kasia, I travelled many miles in Lanarkshire visiting other contemporary churches to study common details and styles. My re-construction may have a few incorrect details but the overall size and style is correct. I am sure the villagers from the 1700s would recognise the kirk. The ruin is well worth a visit, a very calm and serene location.

    – Stuart Fellowes

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 3 years ago

    This is lovely. Why not come over and join the Painting the Country Life Group
    Please add the size and medium you used to your description,
    I do love your work. Just Awesome!!!!

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