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Date Added
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
NS 20166 59316
220166, 659316


William Kerr associated with Thomas Graham Abercrombie of

Paisley, architects. 1890-2. Early English Gothic, 7-bay

church with tall 3-stage tower and spire, vestry and 4-bay

hall at south east, low gabled porch at south west. Snecked,

stugged red ashlar with polished dressings. Tower has

clasping, stepped angle buttresses at 1st and 2nd stage;

door in south wall with pointed moulded head and hood-

moulds, single lancet set high above in tall lower stage.

Short 2nd stage with 5 arcaded pointed-headed openings

(3 blind) with slender shafts to each face.

3rd stage has tall, open, pointed-headed, paired belfry

lights to each face, in moulded reveals, with slender

dividing column. Tall, faceted spire with lucarnes and

pinnacles supported on columns. Tower linked to church by

rectangular hall and semi-octagonal vestry. Projecting

porch at west with door under pointed, moulded head and

hood-mould, bays to body of church divided by stepped

buttresses with gablets above eaves; 5 windows with

geometric tracery to north and south, 2 in former in

advanced gabled aisle; door in either end of north wall.

Large geometric traceried window in west gable, gableted

angle buttresses, stepped, and with plinths, at eaves line,

supporting figures under hoods, Moses to left, St John to

right. East window has large geometric traceried window and

angle buttresses; hall, lit by 4 lancets, extends to left.

Interior: body of church with oak pews and high dado with

panels cusped, and corniced. Hammerbeam roof, and light

fittings supported by angelic figures. Organ by Willis of

London. East window by Meikle and Sons, Glasgow, and west

and transept gallery windows by Stephen Adam, these all

gifted by John Clark.

Church set back and enclosed by low red ashlar wall with

battered broad gatepiers; octagonal, with decorative frieze,

cornice and hemi-spherical caps.

Statement of Special Interest

Endowed by and called after John Clark of Curling Hall.

Ecclesiastical building in use.



Rev Charles Scobie, "Clark Memorial Church, Large" N.D.

Groome "Gazetteer" 1882 Vol IV p470.

About Listed Buildings

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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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