Abercon Church West Side by Tom Gomez

Lying about three miles west of South Queensferry, Scotland, is Abercorn Parish Church. The church is in the tiny hamlet of Abercorn.

Abercorn Parish Church is a remarkable place. But even though a small part of it can be dated back to the 1100s, what you can see today is only part of the story. There are clues to an even longer history in the collection of stones on view in the Abercorn Museum, just inside the churchyard gates. These include Viking hog-back burial stones; a cross stone; and a carved cross-shaft dating back to the 600s.

The site of Abercorn Parish Church has been sacred ground since St Ninian visited during a mission to the Picts in the late 400s. Before long his followers had established a church here, perhaps the earliest in this part of Scotland. And by the late 600s the Northumbrians established Abercorn as the seat of one of their four Bishops: the others residing at York, Hexham and Lindisfarne. The Bishop of the day, Bishop Trumwin, fled with his monks to Whitby after the Picts defeated the Northumbrians at the battle of Nechtansmere in AD685 (see our Historical Timeline).

It seems likely that the small church whose blocked-up door remains on view in the south wall of Abercorn Parish Church was built on the site of the church or chapel serving the Northumbrian monastery. And this in turn could have been a development of the original church built here by the followers of St Ninian. As a result today’s church has a remarkable sense of continuity that goes back 1500 years or more.

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D


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  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillalmost 7 years ago

    another great shot of this wonderful church beautiful tom, glorious place.

  • mohammed
    mohammedalmost 7 years ago

    great shot tom this is so beautiful keepem comein!

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 7 years ago

    beautiful old church- lovey capture!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 7 years ago


  • rockinsue
    rockinsuealmost 7 years ago

    a beautiful shot

  • Mayina
    Mayinaalmost 7 years ago

    Great shot Tom, love it

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonalmost 7 years ago

    Another good capture Tom

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 7 years ago

    Lovely facade! I love how your images are mainly neutral colors with the textured brick and the spots of green in the landscape…

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 7 years ago

    amazing age of this ..its fascinating

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaalmost 7 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Love your write up :)

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