Cathedral a model example of local history

A Lego model of Brechin Cathedral is the eye-catching centrepiece of a new exhibition opened in the town’s museum at the weekend.

Mark Dowie
Thursday, 9th June 2022, 3:48pm
Cathedral a model example of local history

The scale model consists of more than 10,000 bricks, and took a team of local volunteers – including Lego masters Joe Hawke, Jim Sherrit, Johnathon Marshell and Ruari Farquhar a painstaking six months to assemble. Its crowning glory is a special spire on the adjacent round tower, which is made of pewter and covered with gold leaf and was engineered especially by local company Angus 3D printers.

It was produced to mark the cathedral’s 800th anniversary, and it features a detail from one particular story of that history.

In 1637 the then Bishop, Walter Whitford, was at odds with his parishioners. Whitford supported changes to the church liturgy which had been introduced by King Charles I. The new service-book was deeply unpopular and, in 1637, when Whitford announced his intention of reading it, he was threatened with violence. Intent on carrying on, he entered the pulpit holding a brace of pistols.

The level of detail on the model is such that Bishop Whitford’s firearms can be found in its pulpit.

The exhibition runs until October 31.

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