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WHITTINGEHAME PARISH CHURCH WITH GRAVEYARD WALLS AND PIERSLB17496

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
05/02/1971
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Whittingehame
NGR
NT 60312 73665
Coordinates
360312, 673665

Description

1722, T-plan, Gothic church with tower, and 18th century

Balfour Aisle added to N jamb, and Buchan-Sydserff

burial enclosure set in re-entrant angle to E; S wall and

pointed windows added 1821. Red rubble sandstone and

coursed rubble to tower. Deeply chamfered reveals to

1821 work. Eaves cornice and crenellated parapet and

skews. Pointed arch openings, some with hoodmoulds.

TOWER: 4-stage, advanced and dominating W gable;

diagonal buttresses and cill courses; doorway with double

boarded doors, decorative hinges; Y-traceried window

above. 2 upper stages with louvred openings, some

paired. Bell of 1610 by Burgerhuys. Diagonal

buttresses with tall pinnacles and crocketted finials.

S ELEVATION: 4-bay, Y-traceried windows.

E ELEVATION: advanced, gabled clergy vestry, 1821, with

doorway in re-entrant angle to S. Modern brick

piend-roofed boiler house to N. Cross finials.

N JAMB: 2 bays deep with window to right, and porch to

left of W side; square, crenellated porch with mannered

surround to doorway and short flight of steps. Blocked

opening below tall window of jamb.

BALFOUR AISLE: advanced form N gable of N jamb, 2-bays

deep; red ashlar sandstone with base and cill courses,

and deep, wide crenellation to parapet; 2 blind

Y-traceried windows with chamfered reveals to W side,

divided by buttress. Diagonal buttresses to N end with

hoodmoulded doorway, studded door. Tall pinnacles with

crocketted finials.

BUCHAN-SYDSERFF ENCLOSURE: ashlar facade to E with base

course, entablature, dentilled cornice and balustrade with

dies and urn finials; Ionic pilasters flanking doorway and

to angles. "Buchan-Sydserff of Ruchlaw Family Burial

Ground" incised over doorway. Coursed rubble blank

wall to N.

Diamond-pane glazing pattern with border. Grey slates.

INTERIOR: T-plan arrangement retained with centre aisles.

Flagstones. White-washed walls and ceiling. Pitch pine

seating, 1876. Pulpit and reredos of later date with cusp

carving. Lectern and Communion Table detailed similarly.

Hoodmoulded doorways to E and W ends with foliate label

stops; boarded doors, decorative hinges. Wall memorials.

GRAVEYARD WALLS AND GATEPIERS: rubble walls with

semi-circular coping, partly broken down to N; square

gatepiers to W entrance; timber gates. Some fine early

gravestones, including selection of table-tombs and

swan-necked 18th century gravestones.

Statement of Special Interest

Former church manse to SW, not included in current listing.

Joined with Parish of Stenton. Contents of Balfour aisle

have not yet been revealed. The retention of the T-plan

interior and white-wash is noteworthy.

References

Bibliography

Marshall B Lang, SEVEN AGES OF AN EAST LOTHIAN PARISH (1929),

pp114-119. G Hay, ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION

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