Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 39769 81340
239769, 681340


Clarke and Bell, 1869-70. Gothic T-plan church with tower and transept. Stugged, squared and snecked red sandstone, ashlar margins and dressings. Base course, angle buttresses; pointed arch windows.

W (MAIN) ELEVATION: entrance tower with tall broached ashlar spire; broad gable to right, lower bay of aisle to outer right.

TOWER: 2-stage with tall ashlar spire, pinnacled pier buttresses. Slightly advanced sawtooth gabled door surround, pointed arch door, moulded on colonnettes; boarded 2-leaf door, cast-iron hinges; window on left return similarly treated. 2-light, Y-traceried louvered wndow at belfry stage, gable breaking into spire, small lozenge-shaped light below, ashlar broached pire, lucarnes, cruciform arrowslits at upper stage, corniced, weathervane.

Broad pinnacled gable to right, 4 small lancets at centre ground, string course stepped over, angle buttress to right; large 4-light nave window incorporating large wheel tracery, hoodmould. Transept bay recessed to right, 2-light window.

S ELEVATION: 5-bay aisle with gabled transept to right, single storey vestry to outer right. Gable of aisle to outer left, diagonal buttresses, 3-light, 3-centred arch window, 2-light window above.

4 pointed arch windows symmetrically disposed to right at ground, clerestorey. Broad gabled transept advanced to right, 2 cusped plate traceried windows at ground, wheel window at upper stage, pointed arch window on return. Single storey vestry block advanced to outer right, gabled door clasping to right, Caernarvon arched window to right.

N ELEVATION: tower to right, 4-bay nave transept to outer left.

Leaded windows. Grey slate roof, ashlar awtooth coping to skews.

INTERIOR: unaltered interior, ogee ribbed roof supported on slender colonnettes, floreate capitals. Horseshoe gallery; wooden pews. Communion table at E end, organ recessed in arch behind, now with mechanical workings. 3 stained glass windows to heritors.

BOUNDARY WALLS, RAILINGS, GATEPIERS: ashlar gatepier with domed corniced caps, low squared and snecked boundary wall with saddleback coping, cast-iron railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. The church was built to accommodate the increased congregation of Bonhill parish. It was based on the design of Blantyre parish church, also by Clarke and Bell. The chief heritors were Alexander Smollett, Archibald Orr Ewing and Dennistoun Brown.



F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992), p46. Iain Galbraith BY THE RIVERS OF WATER-POTRAIT OF BONHILL PARISH (1989) pp30-31.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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