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Houldsworth Window

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Alloway Parish Church – The Houldsworth Window

A fascinating window with enigmatic features.


At the East end of Alloway Church is a window subscribed by William Houldsworth as a tribute to his wife Sarah Abercrombie. There appears to be no contemporary documention to explain the artist's intent on creating the design. The Kirk Session minutes of the time simply record that William Houldsworth had visited the minister, Samuel Marcus Dill (later to be Moderator of the General Assembly) with a proposal for a window in the extension at the East end of the Church. The design was laid on the table and agreed by the Kirk Session.

Messrs Clayton and Bell were commissioned to install the window, which was completed in 1891.

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