Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 10043 45686
210043, 545686


P MacGregor Chalmers, 1900-2. Gothic cruciform church with steeple to E. Squared and snecked tooled sandstone. Base course; clasped buttresses.

TOWER: 2-stage with octagonal spire. Steps to recessed timber door to S elevation of 1st stage; steps to 2 recessed timber doors to W elevation; narrow rectangular slits to stair tower. Nook-shafts to 2-light openings to all faces at 2nd stage; octagonal corner pinnacles to spire; tall gableted and pointed arch lucarnes to spire.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps to advanced bargeboarded gabled porch; 2-leaf timber door. 2 pointed arch traceried windows to nave. Larger window to cruciform gable; cruciform finial. Recessed timber door to right re-entrant angle; pointed arch window to outer right.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2 narrow pointed arch lights to advanced baptistry, castellated parapet; 2 pointed arch lights to nave, roundel above to gablehead. Tower to outer left (see above).

N (REAR) ELEVATION: single pointed arch light to outer left of transept; single pointed arch light to left re-entrant angle of transept; 2-light pointed arch tracery window to transept with roundel; hoodmould; 3 pointed arch tracery windows to nave; single pointed arch window to left re-entrant angle of tower. Tower to outer right (see above).

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: pointed arch traceried window to gable; flanking clasped buttresses; cruciform finial to gablehead.

INTERIOR: timber pulpit, lectern, and carved pews. Open timber roof; conical stone corbels to collar braces. Laird's pew to S transept, organ to N transept. Stained glass 2-light E window of Our Lord Stilling The Storm by William Wilson, 1953. 2-bay arcade to baptistry; stone font.

Small-paned leaded windows. Grey slate roof; red ridge tiles; stone skews; skewputts.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: coped low boundary walls; triangular-coped gatepiers to central entrance and outer left and right; timber gates.

Statement of Special Interest

A prominent and austerely detailed Gothic cruciform church, which retains its original interior fittings. Like most buildings by MacGregor Chalmers, Ardwell Church is beautifully crafted, with careful attention to tooling of the stonework and carving of the timberwork.



Ordnance Survey map 1896 (designated), Ordnance Survey map 1906 (evident); AN INVENTORY OF GARDENS AND DESIGNED LANDSCAPES IN SCOTLAND, Vol 2, p8; J Gifford DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY (1996), p107.

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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