A place of worship and a historic attraction
The Church at Croick has an important place not only in the history of the area but it is accepted as being of national importance. It was one of the “Parliamentary” churches built to allow very rural communities easier access to a place of worship. Thomas Telford, well respected for his civil engineering projects which included harbours, roads and bridges throughout the Highlands, designed this and other churches which were then built to a more or less standard plan. It is unique in that it is one of the few which remains as a place of worship and it still has had little alteration made since it was completed in 1827. Sadly in 1845 the residents of Glencalvie were evicted from their homes during the Clearances and the names scratched on a window record their unhappy situation as they sheltered in the graveyard. This adds to the necessity that this building is preserved for future generations while still being used for the purpose for which it is designed.
Thanks to Covid, the building has had to be closed except for occasional worship services. We are currently in discussions with Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and Historic Churches Scotland with the intention of making the church accessible once again to visitors and ensuring its future as part of the important historic attractions of our lovely area. The plan is to upgrade the information available to visitors within the church while retaining it as a place of worship, hopefully maintaining the previous pattern of monthly services during the summer.
In order to fulfil these plans and keep this church building as part of our community we will really need everyone’s support. Once there are proposals in place, we will be holding a public meeting to keep everyone informed of what might be done and gather your opinion. In the meantime, please get in touch with me to let me know that you are interested and to make sure you are invited to the meeting. All indications of interest or offers of help in moving forward will be greatly appreciated. Email: MStobo@churchofscotland.org.uk or 01863 766 868
by Mary Stobo
Last Updated on 4 December, 2021 by Kyle Chronicle