Digging in at Lennel Kirk

The 12th century kirk at Lennel, near Coldstream, has been under investigation by Coldstream Primary School pupils.

Sunday, 16th October 2016, 07:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 16:05 pm
Digging for clues as to the history of Lennel Kirk

They joined archaeologist Richard Carlton and members of Coldstream Heritage Company, who instigated the search to unearth the kirk’s long and complex history.

The children helped volunteers on site, discovering 16th century gravestones and taking part in the archaeological dig. Richard also encouraged the group to look for clues in the old kirk walls – searching for evidence of alterations made to the church during different phases.

The project will involve: Stonemasonry; stabilising interior headstones; archaeological digs; interpretation board; research into the context of the kirk; a profile of how the kirk and congregation thwarted the Resurrection Men (body snatching); and research into the borders trail of abbeys, priories, kirks and nunneries.

The project is likely to cost more than £100,000 and will involve a lot of man-hours from volunteers, but so far they have been successful with grant applications.

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Afterwards, Kate Fowler, heritage training officer for Archaeology Scotland, said: “Congratulations to the pupils of Coldstream Primary School for their great work.”