Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
South Lanarkshire
Planning Authority
South Lanarkshire
NS 8857 4351
288570, 643510


George Goldie and Matthew Hadfield 1856-9, burnt 1907,

rebuilt Ashlin and Coleman 1908-10. Snecked and stugged

pink sandstone with yellow ashlar dressings. Gothic

revival in late 13th century style. Chancel with flanking

side chapel, transepts nave, aisles, former baptistry at

south west. Tower and spire attached to north aisle at


EXTERIOR: 6-bay buttressed nave; wheel window above blank

arcading at west; mural stair in projecting 1/2 octagon.

Projecting 5-sided baptistry at south west. Geometric

tracery in aisle windows; plate tracery in clerestory

windows, set in shallow squared recesses. 2-bay transepts

incorporating 2 windows in both north and south gable ends

from original church, rose window above. 2-bay chancel

divided by piers, 3 cusped lancets in each with hood

moulds. Projecting boldly detailed corbel table. East End:

1856-9. 3 buttresses, blind arcade below central rose

window with decorated gable head; flanking pointed niches

with crocketted gables and pinnacles. Tall 3-stage

buttressed tower and spire. Porch at base, 2 arched

entrances with nook shafts, niches with figures and

crocketted canopies over. Pair of narrow lancets in 2nd

stage; 2 tall louvred lancets to bellfry; bold corbel

table; pierced parapet; pairs of octagonal crocketted

angle pinnacles the inner ones clasping the stone facetted

spire. Bands of trefoil decoration and crocketted point

to spire. Weathervane.

Fishscale slate roof with tiled ridges, carved crosses at

gable heads.


Organ loft at west supported by clustered piers and 3

segmental arches. Polished Galway granite 4-shafted

columns with elaborately carved foliate capitals to Nave

arcade. Niches with figures in spandrels, supported on

corbelled squat columns; attached shafts above with

capitals support wooden roof trusses. Timber panelled

roof to Nave with painted borders. Chancel with decorated

arcades to north and south openings to side Chapels.

Triple lights in clerestory. Marble altar by Goldie with

rerdos of 1901 by Pugin and Pugin in marble and Caen

stone. Rose window above under pointed arch with carved

spandrels. Plaster rib vaulted roof. Altar in Lady Chapel

Pugin and Pugin 1895.

Statement of Special Interest

The former St Mary's Hospital, 18<> now incorporated into

District Council offices omitted from list because the

central bay now form link to new Council Chambers.

Chancel reorganised 1976 as result of 2nd Vatican Council

directions. Raised sanctury platform (original floor

beneath). Modern altar. Pulpit and high altar rails

removed but stored in basement.

Listed in an A Group with the Church Hall, Presbytery and Precinct Gates.

Up-graded category B to A August 1999.



Souvenir of St Mary's Lanark 1959

Builder 1859 26 Nov 3 Dec

1860 21 April 26 May

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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