Virtual tour

The Porch

As you enter the porch through a door of solid Scottish oak adorned with bronze zoomorphic handles, again by Phillis Bone, the parallel theme of sacrifice is stated in the Pelican feeding its young that greets you over the inner door. Designed by Morris Meredith Williams, it is carved in stone by his wife Alice, and gilded. An ancient symbol of sacrifice, the myth was that the pelican fed its young from the blood of its own breast.

To left and right the porch is lit by small stained glass windows carrying respectively the Royal Arms of Scotland from before 1707 and those of the present day. As you pass beneath the Pelican, you enter the main hall.

Directly in front of you and aligned with the door is the high Gothic arch that leads to the Shrine.