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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: C
  • Date Added: 02/05/1990


  • Local Authority: East Lothian
  • Planning Authority: East Lothian
  • Parish: Garvald And Bara

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 58671 70820
  • Coordinates: 358671, 670820


John Muirhead, dated 1843, plain church, with squat, late

19th century tower to E and porch to W. Red rubble sandstone,

squared and snecked in later additions. Sited on ground

falling to E and S.

PORCH: gabled bay with pointed arched doorway, set at S end

of crude lean-to vestibule, adjoined to gable end of church

in late 19th century. Hoodmould to doorway with carved label

stops and string course at impost level; deeply chamfered

arris to surround; 2-light pointed fanlight, and 2-leaf,

boarded doors with decorative hinges; consoled skewputts,

carved corbels set obliquely to skew and finial.

NAVE: 2 enlarged windows, made tripartite with timber

mullions, to N and S sides, under eaves, with diamond pane

glazing pattern; 5 bee bole-like recesses set at centre of S

elevation at ground. Lean-to outbuilding adjoined to left of

N side.

E GABLE: 2 pointed arched windows to broad gable, with timber intersecting tracery and diamond pane glazing pattern; small

rectangular windows flanking in outer bays and trefoil in

gablehead; ball-finial.

W GABLE: rectangular panel above lean-to, inscribed 'ERECTED

1843'; arched bellcote.

TOWER: bull-faced coursed rubble sandstone; 2-stage with

dividing string course and corbelled eaves course; small

heating chamber at ground to N. Round arched hoodmoulded

openings. Doorway to S, with 2-leaf boarded doors and

decorative hinges. Narrow, arched, stone mullioned bipartites

to each face of upper stage, with louvred openings. Slated

pyramidal spire, with leaded flashings and ball and taper


RETAINING WALLS: rubble coped rubble retaining walls.

Statement of Special Interest

Early, if unexceptional, Free Church design, following the

Disruption, with Gilbert Dempster and Mr Dickson of

Haddington as masons. Contracts taken at $86.4/- and $154.

Listed Category C(S) for historical interest.



Church Session Records at SRO, CH3. 143.

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Listed Buildings

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

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