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St John the Evangelist Episcopal Church

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Eastriggs
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church, Eastriggs

The Early Gothic style Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist on Dunedin Road was designed, by English architects Raymond Unwin and Courtenay Crickmer, as part of the 'model village' of Eastriggs, to service the workforce of HM Factory Gretna, the vast munitions factory which was built on the north shore of the Solway Firth during the First World War.

Dedicated in 1917, it was presented with an Altar Book signed by Queen Mary, when she and King George V visited the factory on 18th May of that year. In 1987, the church was Category B-listed for its architectural importance. Between 1997 and 2007 the nave of the church provided a home for the Devil's Porridge exhibition, which described the military history of the area, but with the help of Lottery funding the church was fully restored for use in worship and the exhibition has moved to a new home to the west of Eastriggs.


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