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CHURCH CRESCENT, GREYFRIARS' CHURCHLB26126

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 11/07/1961

Location

  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Burgh: Dumfries

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NX 97124 76302
  • Coordinates: 297124, 576302

Description

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

Starforth.

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.

References

Bibliography

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

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