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View from N. Digital image of IN 502

SC 793764

Description View from N. Digital image of IN 502

Date 1962

Catalogue Number SC 793764

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of IN 502

Scope and Content St Clement's Church, Rodel, Harris, Western Isles, from north The cruciform-plan St Clement's Church is built of rubble and has an aisleless nave, transepts, a chancel and a tower. It was built on uneven ground so that the tower stands on a higher level than the rest of the church. The tower has a corbelled and crenellated parapet which dates to the 1780s and a spire which dates to 1873. There is a cabled string-course halfway up the tower. In the spaces created by the string-course there are several carvings, including one thought to represent St Clement. St Clement's Church was begun in 1528, and was probably built on the foundations of an earlier church. It was no longer used after the Reformation in 1567, and was left to fall into disrepair. In the 1780s it was repaired and re-roofed, but caught fire and had to be repaired again. It was restored again in 1873 by Alexander Ross. In 1913 harling was taken off the walls and the tower, which had been struck by lightning was repaired by W T Oldrieve (1853-1922). Lewis and Harris are both parts of the same island, collectively known as 'the Long Island', which is the most northerly in the Outer Hebrides. Together they are about 95km in length and around 32km at the widest point. Most of Lewis is quite low-lying, whereas Harris is mountainous. Rodel, or Roghadel, comes from the Old Norse and means 'Red Dale'. The local soil is unlike that in the rest of Harris, being red in colour and very fertile. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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