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SPOTT CHURCH WITH SESSION HOUSE, GRAVEYARD WALLS AND RAILINGS, (CHURCH OF SCOTLAND)LB14762

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
05/02/1971
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Spott
NGR
NT 67370 75586
Coordinates
367370, 675586

Description

1790 and 1809, partly by John Mason of Spott. Plain T-plan

church with 17th century aisle incorporated to S. Porches added

in 1848 restoration. Harled with ashlar dressings and chamfered

margins. Round arched windows.

NAVE: 5-bay to S. Low gabled burial aisle adjoined at centre,

with wide doorway at ground in gable, with cusped window above

and diamond finial. 2 windows flanking aisle to each side. Taller

gabled jamb adjoined to nave at N at centre with round arched

window on gable and on E and W returns; wall monument of circa

1801 on W return, framed with cluster columns, having

composite capitals and entablature, to Rev. Cunningham and

family. Oculus on E gable with gabled porch added below circa

1848, entered on S side by panelled door, with rear door at N;

jougs removed from earlier church to hang by main door. Latin

cross finials to both E gables. Arched window on W gable, simple birdcage bellcote at gable head, with Greek cross finial.

Diamond lead-paned glazing pattern with border. Grey slates.

Saw-tooth ashlar skews.

INTERIOR: simple interior. Early 18th century hexagonal pulpit

with fluted columns and flanking Corinthian capitals flanking

ogival headed panelled backboard supporting deep corniced

sounding board; short flight of steps with turned baluster rail.

Box pews including Laird's and Manse pews. Flagged aisles,

white-washed walls and coomb ceiling. Wide embrasures to

windows. Stained glass window in W gable, 1967, Christ Healing.

Evidence of former door to S aisle. Recess, now blocked, to N of

E door.

SESSION HOUSE: single storey gabled T-plan session house, sited

as lodge to church at S. Squared and snecked red sandstone with

stugged ashlar dressings. Gable porch adjoined to E gable.

Narrow windows to N elevation with lead-paned, diamond pattern,

bordered glazing. Ashlar coped skews, grey slates and squat

diamond stack to S wallhead.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: rubble boundary walls, and

arrowhead, cast-iron railings and cast-iron piers by session

house.

Early, decorative gravestones, with memento mori, one dated

1664. Celtic cross of circa 1892 to James Sprot, Patron of

Spott House.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. On site of earlier

chapel associated with Dunbar Collegiate Church. Windows

enlarged. Electric light installed in 1950s, roof re-slated

1967, and organ provided in 1980.

References

Bibliography

D Croal, In Storied Spott, EAST LOTHIAN SKETCHES pp159-165.

PROCEEDINGS OF BERWICKSHIRE NATURALISTS. Vol XXI 1911 p252.

TRANSACTIONS OF EAST LOTHIAN ANTIQUARIAN AND FIELD NATURALISTS

Vol.1

Inventory 173 on the pulpit.

C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978), p.438.

J Drummond drawing of church, SAS 386 p30.

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