Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
South Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
South Lanarkshire
Symington (S Lanarkshire)
NS 99892 35163
299892, 635163


WATCH-HOUSE: Mid 19th century. Diminuitive single-storey gabled structure. Rubble with ashlar dressings. Steps to timber door and narrow, single slit-window to left; further small window to E gable. Grey slate. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

CHURCHYARD: enclosed by rubble boundary wall. Good collection of gravestones predating 19th century.

Statement of Special Interest

This 19th century watch house, located at the S corner of the Symington burial ground, is a well-preserved survival of its type. The watch house was used to maintained a nightly vigil over the churchyard, particularly after new burials, to deter body snatchers who intended to sell the corpses to medical institutions in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Watch houses often had a chimney for a fire to provide some level of comfort for the occupant, although there appears to be no evidence of such amenity in this case.

The burial ground surrounding Symington Parish Church (HBNUM: 14168 - see separate listing) appears to predate the existing church. It contains a number of significant burial monuments and table-top grave stones, the oldest decipherable stone dated 1629.



shown on 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map (1856-9). George Hay, Architecture of Scottish Post Reformation Churches 1560-1843 (1957) p264.

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.

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