The roof of the Kirk is truly amazing, with complex shapes, decorative design, different materials, square towers and more. Other than the slate roof of the north tower which is from the first Kirk completed in 1886, all other roof elements were completed as part of the extensive rebuilding of the Kirk completed in 1930. While most of the roof is still sound, problems have arisen where the different materials connect. In many cases flashings and skews are no longer effective, gutters inside the parapets are no longer sound and a number of coping stones need securing. Leaks and water ingress can be clearly seen inside the Kirk when it rains,
The challenges are large and a major step forward was made in 2017 when with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund Listed Place of Worship Scheme and the accumulation of many years of visitor donations, the library roof and three gutters above the St Conval’s and St Bride Chapels were completed at a cost of £130,000.
In 2018 we made a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund “Our Heritage Scheme” for £100,000 towards roof and gutter repairs. Specifically, this will allow repair of the accessible copes and skews on the roof, and renewal of a further 4 leaking gutters and also renewal of the flat roof above the Bruce Chapel. This work is also supported by the All Churches Trust, The Baird Trust and the Scottish Churches Trust and is scheduled for Summer 2019.
When this work is complete, attention will be turned to further areas including:
• Daniel tower, where water ingress has caused extensive damage to the floor of the rooms in the tower.
• Rain water goods, including renewing 5 further leaking gutters and 3 new downpipes by and near the Bruce Chapel.