North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Crocodile Rock and Little Cumbrae

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

The Garrison, Isle of Cumbrae

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Millport, Cathedral of the Isles

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Cathedral of the Isles, 1849; smallest cathedral in Great Britain

The ecclesiastical complex today called the Cathedral of the Isles was constructed as an Episcopalian college with adjoining church and residences for students and choir boys. It was the idea of G F Boyle, who became 6th Earl of Glasgow, and was designed by William Butterfield. Construction started in 1849 and was completed in 1851. In 1876, a cathedra (bishop's chair) was installed in the church and it became a seat of the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles. So now the college's small church was now a cathedral.

Today the church is still a cathedral, possibly the smallest in the world. It holds Sunday services and is popular for weddings. Music recitals also take place sometimes using the cathedral's own organ, harpsichord or grand piano. The residences have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodation for visitors to the island. Carved Stones

In the entranceway to the church are a collection of early medieval carved stones. They are gravemarkers from the Kirkton Graveyard and the Trahoun Cross which was found at the Garrison near to the Guildford Street entrance.

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Garden party at the Cathedral.
Lectern and interior of the Cathedral.
Cathedral, college and graveyard from an old postcard image.
Side chapel in the Cathedral called the Lady Chapel.
Early medieval carved stones in the entrance of the Cathedral.

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