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SIMPRIM CHURCH INCLUDING GRAVEYARD AND BOUNDARY WALLLB15340

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
09/06/1971
Supplementary Information Updated
25/09/1998
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Parish
Swinton
NGR
NT 85210 45417
Coordinates
385210, 645417

Description

Remains of rectangular-plan church comprising nave and chancel. Dedicated 1247; bell and steeple added 1756; abandoned 1761. Squared sandstone rubble; rubble dressings. E gable virtually intact with chamfered surround to blocked, round-arched opening centred in outer elevation; plaque centred in inner elevation. Remains of wall to N; little to S or W.

GRAVEYARD AND BOUNDARY WALL: various sandstone gravestones in irregular rows including 18th century stones with memento mori; table top monuments. Rubble-coped rubble wall enclosing near square-plan site (rounded corner to SE); timber gate. Wall mounted post box to right of entrance ('GR').

Statement of Special Interest

Originally a parish in its own right, Simprim was annexed to Swinton in 1761. Thereafter, Simprim Church was left to fall into ruin. Said to be one of the smallest churches in Scotland, the chancel is 22ft long by 13ft wide, and the nave 23ft by 15ft9?. The plaque centred in the E gable is dedicated to Thomas Boston, author of the FOURFOLD STATE and minister here from 1699 to 1707. Referred to as 'Simprin' in the Ordnance Gazetteer.

References

Bibliography

Armstrong's map, 1771 (evident). F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND (1885) p424. BERWICKSHIRE NATURALISTS' CLUB TRANSACTIONS, Vol 13 (1890-91) pp164-165. J Robson THE CHURCHES AND CHURCHYARDS OF BERWICKSHIRE (1896) pp211-213. FERGUSON?S SKETCH BOOK, NO 10, NMRS (1900). RCAHMS INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS, BERWICK COUNTY (1909). C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991) pp61-62. Dr G A C Binnie THE CHURCHES AND GRAVEYARDS OF BERWICKSHIRE (1995) pp407-409. NMRS photographic records.

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