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 150 54423
200150, 554423


William Burn, 1840-2. Gothic style rectangular-plan church with 3 stage tower. Whinstone; cherry-cock pointing; sandstone ashlar dressings. Base course; blocking course; buttresses to angles and dividing NE elevation bays.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-stage advanced square-plan tower; string course dividing stages; steps to roll-moulded arched entrance porch; 2-leaf timber door; ?1842? inscribed above; single lights to SE and NW elevations. Single arched lights at 2nd-stage; hoodmould. Arched louvred light to all elevations at 3rd-stage. Conical-roofed round tower at NW corner. Corbelled battlement; cannon spouts. Single arched lights flank tower at ground.

NW ELEVATION: 3 arched lights to nave. Advanced gabled porch to outer left; 2-leaf timber door. Buttresses flank timber door to outer right.

NE ELEVATION: central loop tracery light; flanking single lights; louvred oculus to gablehead; cross finial.

SE ELEVATION: 3 arched lights to nave; single timber door to outer left. Advanced rendered and whinstone extension to outer right; boarded timber entrance door at re-entrant angle.

Leaded and stained glass windows (see below). Grey slate roof; stone skews. Cast iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: timber pulpit, lectern, elders chairs, pews and gallery of 1932, (Victorian pews stripped of varnish). 3 arched lights to nave. NE window depicts Our Lord stilling the storm by J & W Guthrie & Andrew Wells Ltd, 1918-9.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS AND GATES: coped rubble boundary walls enclosing site; iron gatepiers and gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Church houses the 1748 bronze bell from the Old Parish Church (see separate listing). Impressive, 3-stage tower, its height dominating the single and 2 storey housing of Portpatrick.



F H Groome ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND VOL V (1882), p219; Photograph (Stranraer Library/GWa4/28 undated); H Colvin A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS 1600-1840 (1995, 3rd Edition) p185; Glendinning, MacInnes & MacKechnie A HISTORY OF SCOTTISH ARCHITECTURE (1996), p558; J Gifford DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY (1996), p491; J D Mackenzie and R R Cunningham OLD PORTPATRICK (1997), p5.

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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