Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
NS 35153 25952
235153, 625952


James A Morris, 1882-84. Rectangular plan gothic church with spire. Coursed grey Craiksand sandstone with polished margins; red sandstone rubble to W. Base course; pointed-arch openings; chamfered reveals; eaves course. Buttresses.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: asymmetrical 3-bay with 3-stage tower to outer right. Broad gabled and buttressed bay with broad 4-light hoodmoulded traceried window, blind tripartite to apex; stone finial. Flanking lower entrance bay to right with gabled doorpiece, rounded-arch chamfered door surround, hoodmoulded with roll-moulded reveals; 2-leaf boarded timber door with strap hinges. Return of aisle forming lancet windowed narrow bay to outer left.

Square-plan 3-stage tower with diagonal buttresses rising to form cylindrical stone pinnacles; lancet to 1st stage, paired louvred openings to 2nd and polygonal stone spire with louvred lancet. Finial.

N ELEVATION: near-symmetrical, 5 bipartite windows to aisle bays; red sandstone block to right, traceried bipartite to centre. Outer gabled bay to right in red sandstone rubbble.

Stained glass windows (see below). Grey slate roof swept over aisles, pierced terracotta ridge. Coped stone skews with gableted and blcoed skewputts. Cast-iron rainwater goods with top hoppers.

INTERIOR: nave and aisles. Pointed arched arcades on elegant columns with stylised capitals. Simple pews. Fine stained glass windows, including work by Oscar Paterson.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such (2003). According to Close, South Church (which was built for the United Presbyterian Church) was Morris's first church commission. It is a prominently sited, muscular gothic church, well-detailed and containing fine stained glass.



Groome's GAZETTEER (1886), vol 5, p229. OS maps. R Close, AYRSHIRE AND ANNAN RIAS guide (1992), p6 and p37. R Close 'Attainable Ideals: James A Morris', in CR MACKINTOSH SOCIETY NEWSLETTER, No 48, spring 1988.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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)

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. 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.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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