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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 13/04/1971


  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Parish: Reay

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NC 96733 64822
  • Coordinates: 296733, 964822


1739; alterations and re-seating, 1933. T-plan, harled with

ashlar dressings and margins. 7-bay south facing frontage with projecting square tower at east gable and large Y-tracery

window (1933) west gable. Doorways in bays 2 and 6 (blocked at

SE); occulus in centre bay, close to wallhead, with rectangular

recess below; windows checked for shutters; 12-pane fixed

glazing. Forestair leads to 1st floor door in south face of

tower, which has rectangular openings in each face of belfry

rising above church roof ridge and terminating with pyramidal

roof with apex ball finial. Rear T-wing has gable end forestair

leading to gallery; blocked ground floor entrance to burial

vault with fluted decorative detailing to architraves;

small later vestry in NE re-entrant angle Ball finials; flat

skews; slate roofs. Interior; hexagonal pulpit (circa 1739)

with panelled sides, moulded coping, Corinthian pilastered

back-board and hexagonal sounding board with moulded and

modillioned cornice stand near centre of south wall; 1933

seating in east and west aisles; long panelled communion

table fronts north aisle, which has panelled and pilastered

arched entrance and simple panelled front to Sandside gallery;

modern glazed partition closes area below gallery. Various 19th

and early 20th century mural monuments, particularly to

Pilkingtons of Sandside House.

Enclosure wall; enclosure walled with coped rubble wall;

simple ashlar gate piers flank pedestrian entrance.

Statement of Special Interest

Building in ecclesiastical use as such.

Re-seating retains original plan.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xv (1840) p.20. George Hay, THE


87, 173, 182, 187, 252 illustrated.

About Designations

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 statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. 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.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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