Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 34208 78639
234208, 678639


15th century chapel dedicated to St Mahew; in 17th century nave became parish school; chancel retained as family burial vault of Napiers of Kilmahew; restored Ian Lindsay and Partners, 1953-55 as Roman Catholic parish church. Rectangular-plan church aligned E to W, with lean-to vestry against N wall. Painted harl with red sandstone crowstepped gables; masonry carved mouldings, roll-moulded at E end, chamfered now painted. Red sandstone ashlar birdcage bellcote.

S ELEVATION: 4-bay nave with higher chancel at E end, crowstepped gables. Door to outer left, 3 window symmetrically disposed to right. 2-bay nave to outer right; boarded door to left, window to right, roll- moulded surrounds.

N ELEVATION: nave with window off-centre to right, lean-to outshot at W end; chancel at E end, roll-moulded window to right.

E ELEVATION: gable, wall thickness deeper, small roll-moulded window at ground to right; small window in gablehead.

W ELEVATION: red sandstone apex birdcage bellcote, reconstructed 1950s on 18th century design, ashlar bell-cast roof, ball and cross finial. Window at ground to outer left.

12-pane sash and case timber windows; multi-paned window at E end. Grey slate roof, red sandstone roof ridging.

INTERIOR: Early Christian cross-inscribed stone slab at entrance. 1950s interior, glazed screen dividing main body of nave from entrance; carved and painted statue of Saint Margaret, painted flowing banner. Sculpted crucifixion scene above chancel against painted backdrop latin inscription beneath with datestones 1467 and 1955. Chancel area, red sandstone chancel arch; rubble; round-arched sedilia. Aumbry now glazed. Stained glass window in gable.

GRAVEYARD: number of plain grave slabs probably dating from the 17th century.

BOUNDARY WALL: rubble boundary wall with boulder coping.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. The church was dedicated in 1467 to St Mahew. Following the Reformation the church served as a chapel of ease, and later as a village school with the E chancel maintained as a burial place. The historical research for the 1953-55 reconstruction was carried out by Fr David McRoberts acknowledged by a plaque inside. The Roman Catholic parish of St Mahews was formed in 1978.




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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

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