Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
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NJ 32367 55184
332367, 855184


Thomas Mackenzie, Elgin, architect, dated 1844. Gothic,

rectangular gabled mausoleum with SW entrance front.

Tooled ashlar, harled flanks, polished ashlar dressings.

Shallow flight of steps approach paired pointed-headed

entrances within recessed pointed-headed arch; flanking

nook-shafts and centre trumeau; inscribed quatrefoil

spandrel; angle buttresses with simple pinnacle; apex cross.

3-bay long elevations with centre projecting gabled bay at

NE; hoodmoulded pointed-headed windows light long elevations;

similar at NE gable but with paired lights. Lattice-pane

glazing; steeply pitched local slate roof with saw-tooth

skews and apex finials.

ENCLOSING WALL: coped rubble wall encloses mausoleum and

burial ground; pair square tooled ashlar gate piers in

centre SW, with gablet finials; pair cast-iron gates.

ST MARY'S WELL: set in centre of wall at NE, small drinking

well of earlier date within Gothic pedestal inscribed St

Mary's Well. Remnants of chain but no drinking cup survives.

Statement of Special Interest

Erected by Richard Wharton-Duff in memory of his uncle and

includes memorials to other members of Wharton Duff family.

Inscription as follows; 'Quo primum loco Moravienses

Christiani sacellum Mariae Virginis in honorem psourent

curus ad nostrum usque memoriam non nisi ruinae pervenerunt.

Hoc mausoleum utsub tecto ujus reliiqule sui ipsius svorumque requiescant in pace. Sepulchri memor extruendum curavit

Ricardus Duff de Orton armiger. Anno salut 1844'.

St Mary's an early chapel site with a long history as site

of pilgrimage and cure.



NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p. 233.


p. 326. ELGIN COURANT, 13 June, 1862: obituary of Richard

Wharton-Duff of Orton which refers to 'mausoleum built at

great expense from a design by the late Thomas Mackenzie of


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