Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 97124 76302
297124, 576302


John Starforth, 1866-8. Decorated gothic church. Complex

plan and roof-lines, basically T-plan with subsidiary

elements filling angles; buttressed 4-stage square

entrance tower, with steeples, abuts jamb at S. Snecked

bull-faced red ashlar with polished dressings; pointed

openings, some with curvilinear tracery; some

richly-sculptured detail.

Tower: double doorway with trumeau, figure in carved

tympanum, ogee hood-mould rising into blank arcading;

belfry stage with 3 traceried lights within overarch,

lucarned stone broach spire. Curved, buttressed and

pinnacled stair turrets flank tower angles, tall crocketted

pinnacles at junction of main roof. Steep-pitched canted

gables in re-entrant angles with traceried ground

floor windows; central door in E and W gables. Slated

principal and subordinate roofs, pavilion-roofed bays to

E and to W with iron brattishing.

Partly enclosed by red ashlar walls with iron railings.

Interior: richly detailed; 3 galleries, supported on

clustered cast-iron columns; open timbered roof on stone

corbels (some sculptured) and with stencilled ornament;

tiered panelled reredos incorporating organ (presented

1873); leaded windows - artists include, Powell brothers,

Leeds, circa 1882, James Ballantine & Son, Camm

brothers, 1879, L C Levetts, 1970. Lectern probably by


Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. On site of James Smith and Alexander MacGill's 1724 New Church, itself built

on site of Dumfries castle. A group with 75-83 Buccleuch

Street and Castle Street. Spire height given as 164' and

as 180' in references.



W Dickie, GUIDE TO DUMFRIES, n.d. (3rd ed.) p.92

G. Reid, THE BOOK OF GREYFRIARS, 1927 (bicentenary volume)

Groome, GAZETTEER, n.d. (2nd ed.)

vol II p.392

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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