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Dunbar Methodist Church

Built in 1764, and originally developed from Moravian roots, Dunbar is Scotland's oldest Methodist church and was a favourite of John Wesley. Both John and his brother Charles were Trustees and John preached at the Dunbar chapel on 21 occasions.

The church features Victorian stained glass and an oak pulpit from St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. How they ended up in Dunbar remains a mystery. There is a spelling error on one of the windows and one theory is that they were ordered but rejected because of that mistake.

A memorial to 31 year-old Wesleyan Revd Holdsworth, who drowned while bathing in 1892, can be seen in the graveyard of the nearby parish church. It was erected by the people of Dunbar in memory of a minister "who was at all times their friend".

Additional visitor information
Car parking available nearby
Coach access

Worship services
Sunday 10am at St Anne's Scottish Episcopal Church.

Nearby attractions
Dunbar is an established seaside resort with historic buildings and opportunities for golf, bird-watching, rambling, fishing and sailing. John Muir's Birthplace museum, on the High Street, documents the life and work of the nineteenth-century Scottish born naturalist, who emigrated with his parents to the United States where he campaigned for the preservation of natural environments:

10 Victoria Street
East Lothian EH42 1ET

For worship services and otherwise by special request.

The Minister
Tel: 01875 615208  

Getting there [NT678791]
Car: 50km/30 miles east of Edinburgh. From the A1 (Edinburgh), at Spott roundabout take the first exit towards Dunbar, continue straight along Spott Road. Turn left onto Queen's Road (A1087) and then left onto Countess Road (A1087). Turn right into Abbey Road and continue into High St, at roundabout go straight over and continue to end. Turn right into Victoria St. Church situated opposite the leisure pool.
Train: Nearest station is Dunbar, 1/2 mile away.

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