Listed Building

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CHURCH ROAD, ST RUFUS CHURCH (CHURCH OF SCOTLAND), ENCLOSING WALLS AND GATEPIERSLB35629

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
22/02/1972
Local Authority
Moray
Planning Authority
Moray
Burgh
Keith
NGR
NJ 42987 50802
Coordinates
342987, 850802

Description

James Gillespie Graham, dated 1816. Alterations James

Matthews, Aberdeen 1875. Large perpendicular Gothic church;

5-bay buttressed long elevations at N and S; 4-stage tower at

W. Mixed rubble, tooled and polished sandstone ashlar

dressings.

Wide E gable, central shallow entrance porch with angle

buttresses and crenellated wallhead. Tall hoodmoulded blind

flanking windows; squat traceried window above to light

gallery. Set-off buttresses to long elevations with

hoodmoulded perpendicular traceried windows; crenellated

wallhead; crowstepped gables; cross finial at E; slate roof.

4-stage tower in centre W gable; N and S entrances in base

(blind at N, dated at S). Angle buttresses; diminishing

stages; crenellated wallhead with crocketted angle pinnacles.

Clock faces at N, S and W set in Gothic Perpendicular

detailed frames.

INTERIOR: entrance lobby at E with mirrored stairs to

gallery; horse-shoe gallery supported by cast-iron cluster

columns with cusped panelled front with centre gilded

Seafield coat-of-arms.

Organ in carved case at W fronted by carved and panelled

rectangular pulpit reached by short flight steps with brass

handrail.

Mural aumbry of circa 1500, said to be Sacrament House, from

old Keith church (formerly sited in present burial ground)

re-set in W wall to left of pulpit. Aumbry initialled I O

with worn inscription, infilled with carved monogram possibly

former finial.

ENCLOSING WALLS AND GATEPIERS: church surrounded by coped

rubble walls; entrance flanked with square ashlar gatepiers

with pyramidal caps; pair cast-iron carriage gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Sacrament House from pre-Reformation church which formerly

stood in ld burial ground (and replaced by present St Rufus

church) re-set as memorial to James Duncan of Keith, died

1970. Initialled IO for (?) James Ogilvie (Ogilvie family

occupied Milton Tower).

Bellcote from old church re-used on Botriphnie Parish Church.

Upgraded: B to A, 24.3.88

References

Bibliography

Scottish Record Office CH2/342/9/221. NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT

XIII (1842), P. 391. ABERDEEN JOURNAL, April 28, 1875.

Advertisement for tenders. George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF

SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES 1560-1843 (1957), pp. 141,

251. Angus J Howat and Mike Seton, CHURCHES IN MORAY (1981),

p. 31.

About Listed Buildings

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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)

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