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CHAPEL STREET, ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ST THOMAS AND PRESBYTERYLB35623

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 22/02/1972

Location

  • Local Authority: Moray
  • Planning Authority: Moray
  • Burgh: Keith

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NJ 42981 50237
  • Coordinates: 342981, 850237

Description

1831, Father Walter Lovi; dome, enlarged sanctuary and

internal decoration by C J Menart, Glasgow, 1916. Prominently

sited, neo-classical/Baroque cruciform church incorporating

2-storey presbytery at rear (W). Polished ashlar E front,

tooled rubble flanks with ashlar margins and dressings.

3-bay pilastered entrance front, centre bay slightly advanced

with 2-stages, each delineated by paired pilasters, upper

stage pedimented and flanked each side by bold decorative

scrolled consoles; centre entrance with pedimented doorpiece

flanked by corniced panels with inset round-headed niches

each housing statue. Substantial octagonal facetted copper

covered concrete some spans crossing with shaped lunette in

each face and apex cross finial. 2 round-headed windows in N

and S transepts. Rear 2 bays incorporate presbytery with 2

windows each floor including dormerless attic in W gable.

Projecting 2-storey canted window at SW; 2-pane glazing.

Ridge stack; slate roofs.

INTERIOR OF CHURCH: 1916 Corinthian pilastered interior;

pilastered and pedimented panel incorporates Francois Dubois'

painting, 'The Incredulity of St Thomas' as altarpiece; deep

main cornice; simple plaster details to dome interior.

Gallery at E end with plain front; pine pews.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Opened for worship 1 August 1831. Date of church also said to

be 1828 (NSA). Inscrption on frontage reads 'Columna et

Firmametum Veritatis'. Father Walter Lovi was priest at Keith

between 1835-1837 and is reputed to have designed RC churches

at Wick (1837), Braemar (1839) and Chapelton, Glenlivet

(1840, dem. 1897).

Dubois' painting gifted to Father Lovi for church by Charles

X of France.

Upgraded: B to A, 24.3.88

References

Bibliography

NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p. 391. George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES 1560-1843

(1957), pp. 157, 251. Howard Colvin, A BIOGRAPHICAL

DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS (1978), p. 526. Angus J

Howat and Mike Seton, CHURCHES OF MORAY (1981), p. 32.

BANFFSHIRE HERALD, 10 October 1981.

About Designations

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