Listed Building

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OLD NEWTON KIRK TOWERLB14182

Status: Removed

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
22/01/1971
Date Removed:
06/09/2016
Local Authority
Midlothian
Planning Authority
Midlothian
Parish
Newton
NGR
NT 33420 69034
Coordinates
333420, 669034

Removal Reason

Dual designation

Description

Early 17th century. Ruined square 4-stage church tower. Rubble and sandstone; ashlar dressings and long and short quoins; renewed above string course

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: round-arched entrance doorway off centre left leading to lower apartment of tower, ashlar voussoirs; central window to next 2 stages; string-course; blind wall above with crenellated parapet surmounting.

E ELEVATION: blind elevation with damage to ground floor right; central window at 1st stage; string course above 2nd stage; crenelated parapet surmounting.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: former doorway to church, now blind; partial rubble wall adjoining to right; marks from adjoining church roof above; hole flanking below string course; blind wall with crenelated parapet surmounting.

W ELEVATION: small window to ground floor; blind elevation above; string course, parapet and crenellations surmounting.

INTERIOR: plain stone walls, church interior lost during demolition; hollow, quirk and edge-roll moulding detail on jambs and lintels of N wall doorway.

Statement of Special Interest

This is all that remains of the old parish church dedicated to St Mary. The new parish was formed from the old Parishes of Newton and Woolmet. The church used to house three "isles", or aisles, around the main body, dedicated to Newton, Sheriffhall and Edmonstoun, local estates. The church was the venue for the illegal marriage of Lord Linton and Lady Seton (circa 1630) and later the union of Lady Margaret Leslie of Sheriffhall and the Earl of Weymss on 13th January 1653. There used to be a small manse but this is now gone, although a few tombstones still remain in what was once the kirkyard. Pre-1700, the colliers who worked the nearby mines were buried in unconsecrated ground and not able to attend the church, but a petition in 1725 allowed them to worship in a purpose built loft from 1732 onwards. The church was deemed as geographically unsuitable for "parish" worship and a more central site was chosen. It closed in 1742, when the new church opened. Since then, the main part of the church has been lost, but the tower was preserved as an eyecatcher for the landscape and pleasure grounds of Dalkeith Palace.

References

Bibliography

J Adair, A MAP OF MIDLOTHIAN (1736); New Statistical Account of Scotland VOL I p485, 560-570; Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, INVENTORY OF MIDLOTHIAN (1927) pp148-149; George Montgomery, A HISTORY OF NEWTON PARISH (1984) p22, pp60-64; J Thomas, MIDLOTHIAN (1995) p12 & p126.

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