Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 39769 75186
239769, 675186


John Brash of Glasgow, architect. Dated 1811. Simple,

rectangular-plan church with pedimented gables, 2-stage

square tower with spire over west gable; modern brick

extensions to south east. Rubble-built; west front, tower and

dressings all ashlar. West (gabled) elevation of church;

central 2-leaf door with rectangular fanlight in broad

pilastered doorpiece flanked by single windows; 3 windows

above at gallery level. 1st stage of tower has round-headed

window flanked by paired Ionic pilasters at angles; off-set

2nd stage with clock to each face; urns above, over angles;

faceted spire, rising from arcaded, octagonal base;

weather-vane finial. North and south elevations each 5 bays,

with door in west bay; eaves course and cornice. All door and

window openings square-headed; margined glazing pattern

(inserted 1885). Continuous band course between windows.

Slate roof. Sundial on south wall at west corner.

Interior: gallery to 3 walls, supported on simple cast-iron

columns, and entered through Ionic-columned screen at upper

level; panelled; painted; clock central on west side between

Burgh Arms and Burning Bush. Octagonal oak pulpit and reredos

with cusped panels, and set on east wall probably not

original; 3-light ascension window above (replacing 2 circa

1880 windows) by C Stewart, 1946. 4 windows on south wall, 3

of themes from the sermon on the mount; 2 by W & J J Kier

(one dated 1876), one by Stephen Adam & Thomson (1886) and

crucifixion window by William Morris & Co (after 1915).

Unsigned window on north wall dated 1948.

Churchyard enclosed by low, droved ashlar cemetery wall which

links to north wall of church. Main gateway flanked by

polished ashlar lintelled, corniced and urn capped pedestrian

ways (also by Brash); modern wrought-iron gates - original

cast-iron side gate to Church Place.

Statement of Special Interest

Original Brash scheme too expensive; he was asked to "reconsider the plans"; he then provided "new altered plans.. considerably smaller, and a number of ornaments... omitted".

Various alterations and renovations; architects include John

MacLeod A C Denny and Wm Blair.

Glazing pattern imitates that of St George's Church, Glasgow.

In ecclesiastical use.



SRO, HR209.


CHURCHES, 1957, p. 255.


Information re Stewart window from Dumbarton Library.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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