Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 62199 74285
362199, 674285


William Burn, 1829. Spiky gothic, T-plan church with

3-stage tower. Stugged, coursed pink sandstone with

ashlar dressings; base course, chamfered reveals and

hoodmoulded to pointed-arch and 4-centred openings.

Perpendicular tracery to stone mullioned windows.

Louvred, cusped 2-light to tower. Grey slates.

TOWER: square, 3-stage tower adjoined to E gable end

wall of church. Doorway to E, with 2-leaf studded and

panelled doors, flanked by shafted angle buttresses;

window to S side; canted stair bay set in re-entrant

angle to N, with small window; set-offs to 2nd stage, with

narrower cusped windows on 3 sides, polygonal angles

extending up into attenuated pinnacles with

gabletted finials above 3rd stage; 2-light windows to

3 sides of 3rd stage, with hoodmoulds continuing in string

course; string course dividing upper stages. Parapet

with arrow-slit details to each side. Main gable with

angle buttresses and less attenuated finials; parapetted

skews adjoining tower.

W ELEVATION: buttressed gable with central 4-centred

doorway flanked by raised and buttressed pilasters,

linked tall 4-centre, 5-light window; door blocked 1892,

but studded doors retained. Parapetted skews.

N ELEVATION: gabled central N jamb flanked by 2-light

windows. N gable detailed similarly to W gable, but with

4-light window and corbel at apex missing finial (1988).

S ELEVATION: re-oriented to W, by J Jerdan, Edinburgh,

1892. White-washed walls, boarded dado; segmentally

arched and ribbed ceiling. Neo-Jacobean lairds gallery in

N jamb with coomb ceiling above. Panelled gallery front

with cusp carving to E end. Painted benches, clover

finials. Simple reredos. Traceried timber communion

table; panelled polygonal timber pulpit. Stained glass in

5-light by C E Kempe, 1888, Virgin, Child and Saints;

other windows by Ballantine and Gardiner, of 1892, 1898

and 1910.


sandstone parapet wall with gable coping to S, rubble

walls to remaining perimeter. 2 sets of square ashlar

gatepiers with chamfered angles, moulded coping and

pyramid caps. 2 pairs of decorative wrought-iron gates.

Notable 18th century gravestones, particularly of mid

century date.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such (Church of Scotland).

The NSA recounts how Mrs H N Ferguson of Dirleton and

Belhaven urged the subscribers to raise $900 for a new

church, "As the old church was very incommodious", and

herself provided considerably more. It cost circa $1,200,

and was opened on 4 October 1829. The Old Parish Church is

listed separately.



C McWilliam, LOTHIAN 1978, p440. NSA Vol II, p57. RIBA Plans,

Sections and Elevations by Burn, 1829.

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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