Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40136 30121
340136, 730121


Samuel Bell, erected under supervision of Baillie A Thoms, 1787-8. Rectangular-plan, simple Gothic style church between St Mary's Tower and the pend through Old St Paul's and St David's Church. Ashlar, slate roof; later cathedral-pane glazing.

S ELEVATION: un-buttressed, 4 bays of large Y-traceried pointed-arch windows. Continuous cill course. Band of blind quatrefoils beneath corbelled eaves. Angle pinnacles at W gables.

N ELEVATION: 5 bays, similarly detailed, central pointed-arch door beneath Y-traceried window.

INTERIOR: simple rectangle, refurnished with 19th century pews and 20th century pulpit etc. Rear gallery front with blind Gothick arcading and tassellated detail. Columns removed.

Statement of Special Interest

An ecclesiastical building in use as such. Listed category A for its grouping within the City Churches and St Mary's Tower.



George Hay, POST REFORMATION CHURCHES (1957), pp112, 245; McKean and Walker (1993), pp59-51; Town Council Minutes 15.1.1787, 28.2.1787.

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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