Newark Parish Church.
Built in 1773-74.

A pavilion roofed , galleried, ruble built block. The first Statistical Account it is described as " an elgant house of worship- carried out in a style that is superior to most Kirks in Scotland....Local pride at its best there.

There is a large underbuilding to this church and a curving drive that sweeps up from Glen Avenue to it's entrance.
In 1920-22 a pipe organ was added and a square apse was built to accommodate this.
In 1935-38 in yet more refurbishment, a choir room and toilets were added by R Mervyn Noad

Newark Parish Church......When it still had a roof!

Two plaques like the one shown here are now on display in the Town Hall in Port Glasgow having been donated to Inverclyde District Council by the elders of Newark parish church on it's dissolution in 1988.
The plaques which both depict boats were crafted in 1936 by the head of The Glasgow School of Sculpture, Archibald Dawson.
This was part of a church improvement scheme which was funded by members of the parish and Sir James Lithgow.

Newark Parish Church from the back of the building

The estimated cost for the conversion is £790,000 to £820,000. They plan to demolish the hall that is attached to the church and create flats on three levels. The car park on each side of the building will accommodate 28 cars. The slate roof will be redone in black and grey slates with dorma windows giving light and means of fire escape. The windows have to be stained timber.

An application for planning permission was finally  submitted to convert the old parish church into flats. This follows weeks if not months of rumors that it was going to happen. Work started on the building in February 2002

The planning application has been accepted and the legal team of Inverclyde district council are now looking into the matter of the graves.

Work was well under way on the buildings conversion but I was recently informed that the men working on the site are under the opinion that the land containing the grave stones is not owned by them.
With this information and a few more questions I sought help.With some help the Greenock Telegraph was conacted to see if they have any more luck in finding out the fate of the stones that remain on the grounds.

My main concern was for that of the war memorial stone that dates back to the first world war. I am still no further forward in finding out it's fate and to date it remains in place.

The notice states that they plan "conversion and restoration of the building to form 14 flats, provision of car parking and formation of amenity/garden ground"

The plans also mention that there will have to be some trees and shrubs removed but the retaining wall looks as though it might stay. There is no mention in any of the plans about the graves.

Work being completed on the site September 2002

The conversion is now complete and the flats occupied.

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