Listed Building

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 – see ‘About Listed Buildings’ below for more information.


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 61339 7976
361339, 707976


Originally Romanesque c.1160, remains of chancel (N wall and SW fragment) of that date. West tower c.1200, evidently originally free-standing but designed as part of plan for rebuilt nave: rebuilding of nave implemented c.1120, 6-bay aisled with clerestory, circular piers, new chancel arch pierced at same date. Belfry stage, corbelled parapet and squat stone spire added to tower c.1500 +. North side wall

rebuilt 18th century. Nave reconstructed Robert Balfour 1815, new S. aisle wall with splayed gothic windows and wooden tracery. N. wall rewindowed in same manner, continuous roof over nave and aisles; choir shortened, much rebuilt and fitted up with gallery Wm Lees of Pittenweem 1828. Ashlar-built, slated roofs. Balfour and Lees furnishings

recently removed and interior recast.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.



OSA v 9 p.450 N.S.A. v 9 p.964. Erskine Beveridge. Bowman mason and James Brown and D Wylie Wrights The churchyard memorial of Crail. Hay Post Ref Chs p. 26 etc (church since refurnished) ECC Arch v III p 263

C & D Arch v. V p. 153. J R Walker, Pre-Reformation Churches. Charles Rogers, Register of the Collegiate Church of Crail. Heritors' Records. Notes from Geoffrey Stell and R G Cant. Balfour was first consulted in

1807. His plan was approved but nothing was done apart from approaching John Corstorphine on what could or should be done. In 1815 Alexander Leslie was consulted, but eventually Balfour's scheme was again adopted. It was executed by John.

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.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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