St John's Kirk of Perth whose origins date back to the first millennium – is beginning a programme of repairs to its 500-year-old Spire.
The present phase in protecting the spire from the elements includes the renewal of lead, copper, timber, and stone on the bartizan belfry. This is home to 13 bells which are no longer in use, the oldest and largest, the Ave Maria bell, dates from about 1340.
This is the oldest tower bell in Perthshire and, with a weight of about 7cwt (356 kg), is also the largest bell of this period in Scotland.
This first stage, costing £360,000 is largely funded by the congregation.
Help from Perth Common Good Fund and the Trust for St John's Kirk is most gratefully acknowledged.
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