Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Planning Authority
NT 26789 76629
326789, 676629


John Henderson, 1839. Former Gothic chapel-of-ease with school attached. Coursed cream sandstone ashlar with polished dressings.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central Tudor-arched door with heavily moulded reveals surmounted by tablet with carved longboat; tall 3-light Perpendicular window above; whole contained in deeply chamfered pointed-arch recess with crocketed crest. Flanking octagonal towers of 3 diminishing stages breakthrough single gable span; 1st stage (to eaves and impost course) with lancet to outer face; blank 2nd stage with string course corresponding to gable; 3rd stage lanterns (belfry) with blind lancet to each face; spires removed.

Giant 2-stage base course. Ball finial.

N (COMMERCIAL STREET) ELEVATION: 8-bay; full-height Tudor-arched panels with window openings to each bay with chamfered reveals and recessed dividing panel at centre. 4 bays of church to left with coped parapet. 3rd bay from left with broad access slapped in at ground. Gabled bay 5th from left with arched entrance to hall beyond at ground and window above.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay, gabled; rectangular door at centre with high rectangular flanking windows (replacing later slapped opening); Tudor-arched windows above, blind at base.

S (REAR) ELEVATION: 4 bays of church to right with windows as above. Irregular rubble range beyond with 2-storey 3-bay deep former school buildings projecting at centre and linking to Citadel (see separate listing).

Windows variously replaced. Grey slates to church; moulded ashlar- coped skews; flat skewputts.

INTERIOR OF CHURCH: gallery supported on cast-iron columns; plaster-ribbed ceiling with stencilling; hoodmoulded blind Tudor arch within larger arch on W wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building no longer in use as such. Building is now much altered, although a remarkable amount of the church interior survives considering its current use as a marble cutters workshop. Remaining rooms are used as a carpet warehouse.



Gifford EDINBURGH (1988) p453.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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