THOUSANDS of pounds may need to be spent cleaning and conserving the windows of an historic Haddington church.

Trial work was carried out on one of the windows at the eastern end of St Mary’s Parish Church.

Rainbow Glass Studios has carried out a full survey of all the church’s windows, including the stained glass.

Now, the church is looking to have them cleaned, with new protective panels put in place.

Stewart Meikle, fabric convenor at the church, said in the church newsletter: “The good news is there are no major issues or essential repairs needed.”

And he added: “The cost of this cleaning and conserving work is around £3,500 per window.

“Our hope is to roll out this out to all the clear windows in the east end if, or, when funds become available to us in the future.”

Meanwhile, a leading architect and archaeologist is giving a talk about the church.

Tom Addyman will give a talk entitled ‘Construction, Ruin and Reconstruction, St Mary’s Haddington’ at St Mary’s Parish Church next week.

It is part of the East Lothian U3A open lecture programme for the year.

Mr Addyman founded Addyman & Kay, one of the leading archaeological companies concerned with historic building, recording and analysis.

The talk takes place on Tuesday at 2.30pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided.

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