Sunday…. So Off to Church (well an Abbey actually)

Melrose Abbey, The Scottish Borders

They may be ruins of this once important Scottish Religious Establishment, but still a powerful and dramatic building. Founded in 1136, on the instruction of King David I of Scotland.  Located on the banks of the River Tweed and now surrounded by the charming Border Town of Melrose.

I have always loved exploring the Abbey, standing in the nave and imagining life as it once was. Also, like in many of our ecclesiastic Abbey’s, pondering on the skills and energy that must have been needed in their conception and construction…. much detail in the stonework that is missing in today’s construction projects.

In the 1500’s, the Reformation Act of King Henry VIII brought about the Abbey’s downfall.  Thankfully over the intervening years efforts have been made to preserve this important building.

But there comes a time, not surprising after nearly 900 years, when serious restoration work is needed.  That work started last year and will continue for a while yet. So, if visiting you will find some access restrictions… still plenty to marvel at while you witness work that will see the Abbey survive at least another 900 years.


Relaxing this Sunday or out and about.  Planning your trips for the year ahead, whatever…. but as always…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

8th January

(C) David Oakes 2023