Tin church is levelled

Levelled: The church is making way for a new house.
Levelled: The church is making way for a new house.

The distinctive tin church at Peaton on the Rosneath Peninsula has been demolished to make way for a new house.

Although not listed, it appears on the Buildings At Risk Register, which describes it as ‘a simple corrugated iron tin tabernacle with the remains of a spire at the west end of the roof’.

It states that the building dates from the late 19th century, adding of ‘tin tabernacles’: “The construction of churches and other buildings in corrugated iron flourished from 1855 through to 1930s.

The church had been empty for many years.
The church had been empty for many years.

“Quickly erected, they were often supplied as kits through builders’ merchants in a variety of sizes and designs. For construction, a simple foundation would be built and the corrugated iron sheets bolted onto a wooden frame.

“The interior would be lined with tongue and groove boarding. Depending on the resources available to the congregation there would be a range of interior fittings and furniture.

“In due course the corrugated iron church might be replaced by a more permanent stone or brick building, with many being retained as church halls.”

Planning permission to demolish the church, which had stood empty for many years, was granted in 2010.

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