The Wicker Man Church

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tumble112

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This is Anwoth Old Kirk, built in 1627 and abandoned in 1826 when a new parish church was built nearby.
It was used as a location in the 1973 film The Wicker Man, where Sergeant Howie finds Summerisle's churches are ruined and he begins to realise that the island is a more sinister place than he first thought.

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On with the pics, the rest are here https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157650478693712/

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Part of inscription on the tomb inside the church

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Many of the 17th and 18th century headstones have interesting carvings on them

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Thanks for looking. :)
 

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i really like the dull light with these, makes the graves and so on stand out much more :) good stuff tumble :D

Some lovely features and great pics.
I remember watching the film and thinking WTF!! :)

Thanks for the comments everyone, I visited the church twice, one day was bright sunshine and the other
was a murky day which I thought suited it better.

I had planned to go to Burrow Head where the Wicker Man was burned and where the concrete base which held it still stands but it is a fair distance from here and I hadn't enough time.

I thought he same when I first saw it. :) Still a classic film though.
 
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I remember being scared by Scottish graveyards when I was a wee boy, loads of gravestones had skeletons and skulls
 

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They are fairly common on 17th and 18th century Scottish gravestones. The skull or 'death's head' is the most common, the next most common being the 'winged soul', of which there are a few variations at Anwoth. Thay are quite eerie.
 

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Great spot! Great pics! Love the old skulls and crossbones on the gravestones! Great film too. The original was x1000 better than that piece of poop with Nicholas Cage in it IMO...
 

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Looks way better than it did in the film! Looks like you had an atmospheric sky for your visit too!
Nice one, thanks for sharing! :)
 
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