Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 40166 30128
340166, 730128


William Burn, 1841-2, executed by David Bryce, 1847 on site of transepts of Parish Church, later South and Cross Churches. Ashlar decorated Gothic style church located between St Mary's and Steeple Churches. Windows stained glass, intersecting squares and hexagons. Slate roof.

S ELEVATION: gabled transept with large Y- and curvilinear-traceried pointed-arch window (inspired by the W window of the tower). Angle buttresses with pinnacles. Crocketted gable with cross finial. E and W return elevations have large similarly traceried windows with quatrefoil-pierced parapet. 2 buttressed bays to W, set-back from transept in plane of St Clement's Church, with large traceried windows and blind quatrefoil parapet. Basket-arch doorways beneath 2 windows, 1 to South Church, 1 to a through pend.

N ELEVATION: similar, but gable un-buttressed and parapets undecorated.

INTERIOR: some partitions and mezzanine inserted at S end.

Impressive timber and plaster rib vaulting in imitation of stone

springing from ashlar pilaster piers. 20th century stained glass.

Concealed plaster-panelled ceiling in adjoining rooms, formerly a


Statement of Special Interest

An ecclesiastical building in use as such (halls rather than church). Listed category A for its grouping within the City Churches and St Mary's tower. The south transept of the Parish Church (the biggest such in Scotland) was rebuilt as a church in its own right in 1588, known as the South Church. Monk stabled his horses here. The north transept was then a burial place, becoming Cross Church in 1759 (congregation moved to Tay Street and then St John's Cross Church, Blackness Avenue).



NMRS, AND 50/18.

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.

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