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HIGH STREET, DUMBARTON RIVERSIDE PARISH CHURCH, CEMETERY WALLS AND GATEWAYSLB24885

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
03/03/1971
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Burgh
Dumbarton
NGR
NS 39769 75186
Coordinates
239769, 675186

Description

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.

References

Bibliography

SRO, HR209.

George Hay, ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST REFORMATION

CHURCHES, 1957, p. 255.

Donald MacLeod, CASTLE AND TOWN OF DUMBARTON, p. 53.

Information re Stewart window from Dumbarton Library.

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