Listed Building

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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 72977 66985
272977, 566985


T-plan church built 1751, tall round tower probably late

16th-17th century origin, top part later rebuilt; church

interior early 19th century.

Symmetrical T-plan church, painted rubble with polished

margins. S elevation with round tower to centre flanked by 2

lancet windows with timber Y-tracery.

To E and W gables single-storey piend-roofed projecting

porches, single lancet to gable above. N jamb round-arched

window. Piended slate roofs to church. Tower painted rough

rubble. Pointed-arched door at foot. 2 small blocked

round-arched roll-moulded windows are visible above door

indicating a late 16th-mid 17th-century date for the tower.

Top 1/4 of tower seems to have been rebuilt in 19th-century

from which time date the louvred openings and fish-scale

slate conical roof with iron weathervane-finial.

Interior: well preserved early 19th-century interior.

Panel-fronted gallery to 3 sides supported on cast-iron

columns. Box pews in 1822 layout. Pulpit to centre of S wall

flanked by stained-glass lancets. Behind pulpit pilastered

corniced 'reredos' doorpiece leads down to tower.

Churchyard: rubble-walled coped churchyard with some good

18th and early 19th century gravestones. Tomb of covenanting

martyr William Graham d. 1682.

Statement of Special Interest

Round towers such as this are extremely rare, the only

comparable example in SW Scotland being that at Portpatrick

Parish Church (1629) in Wigtownshire which may have served a

dual function as navigational beacon and belfry. The old bell

at Crossmichael church is dated 1611 which may give an

approximate date for the tower. The interior also is

unusually well preserved. The Church forms an A group with

the Gordon of Greenlaw memorial in the churchyard.

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.



SRO RHP 7860. IIIrd SA Groome. PSAS

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