Improvement work at historic graveyard

Conservation of 17th and 18th century monuments

Dalzell Estate, Motherwell

A programme of improvement work will be starting in late July at the Dalzell Estate in Motherwell.

The estate's graveyard was formerly the churchyard of the pre-Reformation church of St Patrick. The church was demolished in the late 18th century when South Dalziel Parish Church was built and stone was reused to build the Hamilton of Dalzell Mausoleum, which is partially sited within the present graveyard.

Burials continued in the graveyard into the 20th century, however the majority of memorials at the site are 19th century headstones and monuments. Importantly, there are also several excellent examples of earlier 17th and 18th century monuments. The Dalzell Estate is designated on Historic Environment Scotland's Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

The project is part of the Heritage Lottery Fund and LEADER supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP), with support from the council.

It will see the resetting of around twelve of the fallen and broken gravestones, and conservation work to six of the most significant 17th and 18th century monuments. The project aims to reflect the needs of a range of visitors while retaining the unique character of the cemetery.

The team involved in the project would be interested to hear from anyone with a family link to the graveyard.

The graveyard will be locked while work is underway to ensure public safety, however access can be arranged. 

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