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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NR 72066 20300
172066, 620300


1706, restored by H E Clifford 1904. Hall church with single aisle to NE and office accommodation to SE end. Random rubble walls with ashlar dressings, some droved. Chamfered window arrises.

SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 6-bay consisting of 4 bays widely spaced, and 2-bay gabled section to outer right. Round-arched entrance to outer left, oval oculus over, raised wallhead above with corbelled parapet. Paired round-arched windows within round-arched opening, glazed at apex to 3 centre bays. 2-bay gabled section with door at ground to left, crowstepped gable above, intersecting with corbelled parapet at corner to right. 2 inscribed stones reading "ERECTED 1706" and "RESTORED 1904".

SE (ST JOHN ST) ELEVATION: 2-storey over basement, 3-bay partially exposed to right. 1st bay, no window at 1st floor, oval oculus to 2nd bay, corbelled parapet above, crowstepped gable behind with Renaissance detail, after Maybole Castle, at apex. 3rd bay, window at 1st floor only, wallhead raised above, with corbelled parapet. Vertically-boarded crypt door with window to left at basement, accessed by stair to small basement area, enclosed by ashlar cope with steel railing.

Leaded glazing to hall and aisle, 12-pane timber sash and case windows elsewhere, 8-pane fixed lights to oculi. Vertically-boarded 2-leaf timber door at main entrance, arched glazed panels in arch head above. Timber entrance door to offices, panelled lower half with 9-pane glazed upper. Grey slate roof and ridge tiles, overhanging timber eaves with exposed rafter ends. Cast-iron gutters and downpipes, hemispherical hoppers with rope moulding decoration. Coped stack with red circular can adjacent to SE gable.

INTERIOR: exposed rubble walls with red sandstone ashlar dressings over wainscoting with vertically-boarded panels and crenellated top. Evidence of infilled arched windows to S wall. Open timber roof to hall of purlins on hammerbeam trusses on stone corbels, triple-apex open timber roofs over aisle, A-frame construction supported on substantial beams. Timber vestibule screen, matching wainscoting, to N end of hall, 2-leaf doors to hall with 4-pane glazed upper panels. Triple arcade to E side of hall with infill of folding panelled timber doors with 5 6-pane arched windows above. 4 bipartite leaded windows in NE wall. Timber floor.

2-storey, 3-bay Masonic Hall to St John Street, attached at W corner.

Statement of Special Interest

This church was built in 1706 by lowlanders that had settled in Campbeltown on the site of an earlier church known as the "Thatched House" that was built for 17th century english-speaking worshippers. The new church continued in use until the Castlehill Church was built in 1778-80. An 18th century plan of the town depicts the church as a T-plan structure with fronting Kirk Street with a central wing at the rear. The turn-of-the-century increase in historical awareness resulted in a campaign to rescue the building which had fallen into disrepair. Clifford?s scheme appears to have involved extending the original main block a little to the NW, and replacement of the original NE wing by an aisle, linked to the main block by a pier arcade.



RCAHMS Inventory ARGYLL Vol 1 (1971) No267 Argyll & Bute Council Archive CAMPBELTOWN COURIER (29.6.1901, 24.8.1901, 23.7.1904, 3.12.1904) Katherine McNeil HENRY EDWARD CLIFFORD ARCHITECT (1995) Murdo MacDonald, "Campbeltown?s Glasgow Face" THE KINTYRE ANTIQUARIAN & NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY MAGAZINE (No 29) p21 C Mactaggart THE LOWLAND CHURCH OF CAMPBELTOWN (1924) Norman S Newton CAMPBELTOWN?S CHURCHES (1991) p6.

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