The ‘Penny Schoolie’ at 90 High Street, now part of the Old Parish Church Centre which has its entrance in Barrasgate Road, came into being in 1863 as Strachan Female Industrial School – a belated result of the Factory Act of 1833 – which imposed a duty on employers to provide half‐time education for employees under 13.
“This building marks the western entrance to the Conservation Area – we are hopeful that this project, and planned improvements to other buildings in the High Street, will make a positive difference to how the historic centre of Fraserburgh is seen by both residents and visitors to the town,” says Sofia.
Conservation-friendly repairs have been carried out to its roof, chimneys, cast iron gutters, windows and doors as well as harling and repointing stonework – all employing traditional techniques and materials.
Jim Buchan, Church Officer, said: “We’ve put much of our resources recently into the interior, and are absolutely delighted that Fraserburgh 2021has contributed to our efforts with works to the outside.”
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