Explore #8 of the ‘North of The Wall’ Tour
Our final stopover on Day Three was this long-abandoned church…
Built in 1891 in the Late classical neo-Georgian revival style, Maison Dieu was designed by the renowned Scottish architect Sir George Washington Browne. Formerly owned by the Church of Scotland, it has lain empty since the early 1980s and fallen into serious disrepair. It is B-listed, and was entered on the ‘Buildings At Risk’ register for Scotland in 2001.
After previously failing to sell at auction in 2016, it was finally sold in November 2018 (after our visit) for an undisclosed sum, thought to be circa £45,000. Whilst its future is currently unknown, building consent has previously been obtained to convert it into residential flats.
The church is located in the centre of town, and overlooked by numerous houses on a busy road. Arriving mid-afternoon, we were slightly apprehensive about attempting to find an access, given our brush with police earlier in the day. But we decided to go for it, and luck was on our side and we enjoyed a peaceful hour inside without any alarms.
Peace be with you.