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St Nicholas Church

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St Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church East and Churchyard before a fire destroyed the ancient tower and steeple in 1874. The Old Church of St. Nicholas was erected between 1477 and 1522. The church was divided in 1596 and stone walls built between the Nave and Choir, forming the West and East Kirk respectively. In 1835, the old building was demolished and a new Gothic church, designed by Archibald Simpson, erected on the site. It opened for public worship on 7th May 1837 but was destroyed by fire on the evening of 9th October 1874. The oak steeple and its lead spire were both consumed by flames and the historic bell "Auld Lawrie" crashed to the bottom of the tower. The congregation worshipped in the Music Hall for some time whilst the church was rebuilt by William Smith between 1875 and 1877.
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Aberdeen Local Studies
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