Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 18255 64209
318255, 864209


1735-6. Simple T-plan kirk with long S facing 4-bay elevation.

Rubble, contrasting painted ashlar dressings, some re-used

from former church.

Substantial pointed-headed entrance at SW (left) with moulded

re-used jambs; smaller square-headed doorway at SE (right)

with deeply moulded re-used jambs placed upside-down (run-off

stops pointing upwards; sited close to lintel instead of at

base by kerb); small window above with deeply chamfered

margins cutting through (obscure) dated cill. Small centre

mural sundial dated 1740. Blocked centre Minister's door

flanked by enlarged windows; later enlarged round-headed N

gallery window; blocked T-wing door; 4- and multi-pane


Bellcote at W gable apex dated 1723 (date of construction)

and 1735 (date of removal to New Spynie); Michael Burgerhuys

bell dated 1637. Slate roofs.

INTERIOR: T-plan interior with original layout; raised and

fielded panelled galleries E and W. Demi-octagonal raised and

fielded panelled pulpit in centre of S wall with reeded

pilastered backboard and corniced tester. Simple grained board

pews, some of 'box pew' type.

ENCLOSED WALLS. Church enclosed by simple rubble wall.

Entrance flanked by plain gatepiers.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1792-3, Witherington and Grant ed

1982 xvi), p. 695.


NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1835), p. 99.

Robert Young, THE PARISH OF SPYNIE (1871), pp. 133-141.

John Cruickshank, SPYNIE KIRK, 1736-1986 (1986).

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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