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SKELMORLIE VILLAGE SKELMORLIE PARISH CHURCH, HALL AND QUADRANT WALLLB7269

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
26/02/1980
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
Parish
Largs
NGR
NS 19282 68095
Coordinates
219282, 668095

Description

John Honeyman of Glasgow, architect. Opened 13.2.1895. 5-bay

Gothic church with chancel to south, 3-stage square tower

with spire to north, 3-bay hall (former 1855-6 church)

beyond. Snecked and stugged red sandstone ashlar (hall is

cherry-caulked red rubble) with polished dressings. Entrance

in tower, 2 cusped-headed doors (all other openings have

pointed heads, mostly hood-moulded) under wide, moulded arch

with nook-shafts; lancets above, louvred and plate-traceried

belfry opening to each face of top stage, tower, parapet,

with diminutive pinnacles over angles, enclosing spire,

latter faceted and finialed, with lucarne. Nave has 5

buttressed bays, geometric-traceried windows, stepped and

gabletted buttresses, continuous string at cill level.

Chancel has 3 lancets, with continuous hood-mould,

high on east and west walls (stylised beak-head moulding

at eaves of latter): 3 tall, slender lights below vescica

in south gable. Vestry at south east corner. Hall has 3

bays, porch in north bay, belfry over 3-light window on

north gable. Modern addition to north east.

All roofs slated.

Interior (fittings mostly by Honeyman & Keppie). Single side

aisle at east, elaborately carved and panelled pulpit (1899),

choir stalls, altar, dado and reredos all oak, reredos has

4 figures under ornate canopies separating 3 carved panels

(these signed J Crawford, 1897). Some good leaded glass

windows; chancel windows by J & W Guthrie (David Gauld,

artist) 1895-6; 5 windows on west wall, including one by

Stephen Adam, c1909, 2 by firm of Wm Morris, c1900 & 1918

(latter at least from an original by Burne-Jones). Inverclyde

window probably by Clayton & Bell: 2 additional war memorial

windows from St Andrew's Church Greenock, acquired 1970,

fixed to north wall and back-lit. Art nouveau details to

pulpit, stair balusters and newel posts in hall, and also to wrought-iron lamp outside principal entrance. Organ

1904, by Binns of Bramley, Leeds, to specifications from

Herbert Walton of Glasgow Cathedral. Set behind low

quadrant wall, with wrought-iron gates and railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

The records in SRO do not identify the architect of the

original church, but the transept (replaced by tower) was

added 1858 by "Mr Clark, architect".

The chancel west window was donated in memory of the wife and

sons of John Honeyman.

References

Bibliography

Plaque in chancel identifies architect. SRO CH2/328/1

Honeyman & Keppie accounts preserved at Keppie & Henderson

office, Glasgow (information from Alex Smellie)

J Lamond, THE BOOK OF THE PARISH CHURCH OF SKELMORLIE, 1893.

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