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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
New Abbey
NX 96506 66270
296506, 566270

Removal Reason

The designation of this structure as a listed building will be removed as part of the Dual Designation 2A project. It will continue to be recognised as being of national importance through its designation as a scheduled monument.


Cistercian Abbey founded 10.4.1273 by Devorgilla Baliol.

Gothic. Church is roofless, though largely entire, having

6-bay nave with clerestory and aisles, transepts, unaisled

presbytery and massive square tower over crossing (parapet to

latter enclosing crow-stepped gables all additions).

Cloistral and attendant buildings demolished in 17th and 18th

centuries (cloister west gateway survives). Red Sandstone

ashlar. West end repaired and large window partly blocked

late 14th century. Door in windowless south aisle; only 2

bays remain of north aisle; nave clerestory windows within

semi-circular arches except 2 east bays; transepts project 1

bay beyond aisles, and both have eastern chapels (roof

vaulting survives at south); north transept has angle stair

turret, south transept gable has incomplete wheel window

arranged to abut cloistrol range. Presbytery with

geometric-traceried windows.

Some of high precinct wall survives to north and to east:

built of massive polygonal white granite blocks.

Statement of Special Interest

Guardianship Monument.

Sweetheart was the last Cistercian abbey to be founded in

Scotland; it was colonised from Dundrennan nearby.

Scheduled 24 January 2000.




Historic Environment Scotland Properties

Sweetheart Abbey and Precinct Walls

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Related Designations

  1. Sweetheart Abbey, abbey, precinct and wallsSM90293

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

About Listed Buildings

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