Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
ND 21987 71183
321987, 971183


Simple T-plan church, possibly with pre-Reformation core

and 1837 north aisle, and with 2-storey tower at west

gable, probably of 17th/early 18th century date. All harled.

Entrance in base of tower, which has small ground floor

window in centre of west elevation and various diminutive

vents in 1st floor. Saddleback roof running east/west.

4 long narrow windows in south elevation of main body of

church, and smaller, later window (to light Minister's

room) at left. Similar narrow windows in north aisle.

Multi-pane glazing; slate roofs.

17th century mural monument at west end of south elevation,

between Minister's window and entrance.

Interior; plain interior; pulpit with upholstered buttoned

back-board in centre of south wall; plain 1837 box pews

fill slightly raked aisles. Wheelstair in tower; memorial in

entrance to Rev. Timothy Pont, Minister of Dunnet, 1601-10.

Burial ground; roughly coped rubble walled burial ground,

filled with tombs dating from 17th to 20th centuries.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Rev. Timothy Pont was an early Scottish cartographer.

Communion table commemorates George Calder, pilot, RAFVR,

killed in action 1942.

Font given in memory of Jimmie Swanson, who gave his life

in the Longhope (Orkney) lifeboat disaster, 1969.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1791) xviii (Ed. I. Grant and D.

Witherington, 1979) pp. 49-50. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xv,

(1840) p.46. National Monuments Record of Scotland

About Listed Buildings

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