The original church, ‘Ecclesia de Elstaneford’, on this site is said to have been founded in 1176 by the Countess Ada, mother of William the Lion. The present church dates from 1780. Cruciform design with central aisle, transepts and semi-octagonal chancel. Bellcote on the west gable. Three stained glass windows by C E Kempe. Doocot 1583. Church has historic link with the Scottish Saltire: commemorative plaque and Saltire floodlit. Heritage Centre to rear of church opened in 1997 with audio visual display (entry free). The church also houses the Nigel Tranter exhibition. The Book Nook can be found in the red telephone box half way down the village main street. Go and have a look, leave a book you have finished with, browse, pick up another. There’s some information about the history of these telephone boxes too.
Open every day between 9 am and 6 pm in summer and 9 am and 4 pm in winter.
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