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Local Authority
Orkney Islands
Planning Authority
Orkney Islands
St Andrews And Deerness
HY 51127 7967
351127, 1007967


1801, enlarged 1827; altered circa 1915. 1 x 4 bay plain L-plan gabled hall church with pitched-roofed porch and round-arched, pitch-roofed bellcote to W end. Harled. Stepped buttresses; band course to bellcote; round-arched openings.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: stop-chamfered door surround to centred, gabled porch; deep-set 2-leaf boarded doors; window to each return; oculus to main gable above; bellcote with weather vane to gablehead. 2-bay projection set back to outer right forming short arm of L: timber door with rectangular fanlight to outer right. Bipartite window to left.

E ELEVATION: large round-arched window with simple intersecting tracery to main church gable; crucifix finial to gablehead above. Bipartite window, set to left, to short arm of L to left.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: evenly disposed window in each bay with buttress between outer 2 bays.

S (SIDE) ELEVATION: window in each (of 2-) bay gabled projection to right of centre. Window, with buttress between, in each bay to left.

Leaded stained glass window to E end; plain leaded windows elsewhere. Graded stone slated roof; red clay ridge; replaced cement skews with moulded skewputts; share-plan plain ridge ventilator; uPVC rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: plain hall church; boarded dado; boarded, coffered ceiling with centred circular vent; carved timber altar and octagonal pulpit raised on platform to E end; timber pews; memorial stained glass window to E end depicting the Crucifixion, dedicated to Jessie McTavish, mother of Rev. John McTavish, minister of the church, 1907-1928; bracketed and pedimented marble memorial to N wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Although plain,

St Andrew's Church is one of the more elaborate of Orkney's Presbyterian churches with a large, colourful stained glass window and moulded skewputts. It retains its graded stone tiled roof and its simple operational bellcote.



N S A (1841), p 187; appears on 1st edition OS map (1882); 3RD S A (1951), p 164; G Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES (1957) p 267; L Burgher, ORKNEY, AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991), p 31; J Gifford, HIGHLAND AND ISLANDS (1992), p 374.

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.

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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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