Lossiemouth.co.uk » Places To Visit http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk Just another WordPress weblog Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:36:25 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Elgin Cathedral, Lossiemouth http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/25/elgin-cathedral-lossiemouth/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/25/elgin-cathedral-lossiemouth/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 19:12:31 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=25 Residing in the northern part of Scotland, in Moray District, exists what is now the ruins of what was a once great and old structure. Lossiemouth can claim this great structure as its own. The Elgin Cathedral, which is referred to in many texts as the “Lantern of the North”, is an early place for the emerging and strengthening presence of churches and cathedrals dedicated to the Holy Trinity.

In that century the seats of Papal authority existed in surrounding areas both close and far away from Elgin itself. The position and residence of that seat was held by Bishop Bricius. For his own personal reasons and possibly for a greater cause, the petition was a success in 1224 when it was finalized. The original cathedral remained in its prior position in Spynie until the successor to Bricius who was in power when the cathedrals institution in Elgin was confirmed.

It is a unique structure when looked at in from an architectural perspective compared to other structures in Scotland. The houses, or chapters of the facility were octagonal and were a pronounced feature that attract much attention from tourists and historians to this day. Those parts of the cathedral are mostly intact to this day, a testament to their strength and engineering.

The century after being built held some chaos for the cathedra. In the space of the 12 years from 1390-1402, it was both burned and attacked two separate times. The Earl of Buchan and the Isle Lord; as well as their follers, were respectively responsible, for both acts of destruction.

Attempts to reconstruct and repair the cathedral as well as the structures on its grounds met with minimal success in the 15th and 16th centuries. As befell so many of the other structures of the day, Elgin Cathedral fell prey to the abandonment of the Scottish Reformation. Use of the building was pretty much abandoned and forgotten until the 19th century, and the early 20th century.

Preservation on Elgin Cathedral began in the early portion of the 1800s and quite sometime later in the last half of the 20th century the restoration of the block work was completed. The restoration made the structure stable and it appears to have risen from the ruins. Although not restored to the full glory it saw in its prime, the Elgin Cathedral still stands as a beautiful piece of architecture and is well worth the visit.

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RAF Lossiemouth http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/10/raf-lossiemouth/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/10/raf-lossiemouth/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:44:05 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=10 The Royal Air Force facility in Lossiemouth, Scotland was built in the first half of the twentieth century, nearly 70 years ago. Built in 1939, RAF Lossiemouth was used during World Ward 2 (WW2). Harvard and Oxford planes were the first aircraft to be seen frequenting and using the facility during its formative years after having been built, but that soon grew to include many other aircraft. The area had perfect weather, prime conditions and was suited to house many more vehicles and necessary mission transports. At first, the facility was used mostly as a training area for bombing runs, but there were several operational missions carried out from here. The most notable being the mission that crippled the Tirpitz, Germany’s beacon and pride, the head of its battle fleet.

RAF Lossiemouth saw its first action in the World War 2, but it saw its highest amount of use during the Cold War era. At the end of the period known as the “Cold War” right and before it was handed over and became part of the Fleet Arm, it became a satellite facility and an operational branch of Milltown coastal command,. Twenty seven years later, in 1972, it was once again given back to the Royal Air Force. The chopper flight and rescue team was the first unit to come back when the operations transferred back to the RAF.

1993 saw the beginning of a shift, a new formation you could call it. Much of the operational equipment was being replaced and upgraded. Luckily, some of the squadrons got to keep their identifying plates when their planes changed, keeping with the spirit of things. In the first decade, more than one squadron suffered a shift, or complete consumption, into another unit. Even though many regiments were leaving, the facility still remained one of the most active and prime front line operational facilities in the current line up. The beginning few years of this past decade saw an interesting reformation as well. Lossiemouth became the busiest fast jet facility in the Royal Air Force. The Five Force Protection wing was constructed and formed out of the conglomeration of many of the previous units that had existed by themselves at the facility. It was state of the art, and a move that has kept the facility at the top of its game.

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