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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 13484 62964
313484, 862964


Dated 1769. Long narrow rectangular church with

distinctive narrow 8-bay fenestration in S elevation.

Harled, ashlar margins and dressings. Round-headed

entrance in E gable with re-set aediculed and pedimented

mural monument dated 1677 and 1722 to right. 7 narrow,

round-headed long windows light S elevation, shorter and

wider in bays 3 and 5: similar styled doorway in outer

SW bay with blind narrow round-headed light above.

Similar single gallery window in E and W gables.

Multi-pane glazing in poor condition; some shutter

hooks survive. Birdcage bellcote at E gable apex with

slightly concave cap topped by ball finial and dated

1769; slate roof.

INTERIOR: empty, all furnishings removed.

BURIAL GROUND: irregular shaped burial ground surrounds

church, extended at E. Various 18th century and

subsequent tombstones.

In SW corner the Russell burial enclosure dated 1725;

squared and rusticated ashlar with balustraded wallhead

and moulded lugged doorpiece. 2 entrances to burial

ground, each with simple square gate piers, that at E

end of ground of late 19th century date.

Statement of Special Interest

Church no longer in ecclesiastical use.

Mural monument flanking E entrance has worn latin

inscription and initialled BI and IF for Beroald Innes

of Inchstelly and Margaret Falconer his wife. The

memorial was situated in the choir of the pre-1769


Russell enclosure has initials JR and ES with date 1725

carved each side of entrance and plaque inscribed 'This

Buriall place was erected by James Russell Chamberlaine

to the Earl of Moray at Earles-Mill for himself his

Spouse Elizabeth Spence and their children. The said

James Russell died the 11 Jany. 1735 year and his

forsaid spouse died the 25 Sept 1737 year'.



THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT (1793, Witherington and Grant

ed. vol xvi, 1982), p.458. William Gramond, THE CHURCH

OF ALVES (1900), p.119. George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF


pp.75, 79, 169, 266. Plans (1900-8) in Elgin Library,

DAW P49.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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