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
NM 85818 29804
185818, 729804


J Fraser Sim, 1893-94. Gothic church, rectangular plan complex with church hall by Alexander Shairp of 1892 to SW. 5-bays with tower at E corner. Semi-octagonal stair tower at N corner, slit and circular windows with hood moulds. Grey bull-faced, squared and snecked rubble with yellow ashlar dressings and details. Battered base course, string courses at ground and first floor cill levels, additional string course on towers, cornice at eaves. W wall rendered, with buttresses.

E (ARGYLL SQUARE) ELEVATION: slightly projecting triangular entrance porch, crocket at apex, pointed arch doorway of double order, 2-leaf timber door with decorative ironmongery, hoodmould over with floral stops. E window, triple lancet with trefoil tracery and hoodmoulds over. Miniature triple lancet in gable. Carved Celtic cross at apex. Small blind-arcaded parapet with monogram. Ashlar shaft with pyramidal pinnacle at N corner of gable.

S (ALBANY STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay nave, double lancets with buttresses between. Tower at E end, projecting transept gable at west end with geometric window supporting circlet, hoodmould over, miniature triple lancet above. Hoodmoulds of nave windows extended into string course.

TOWER: 2-stage. Lower stage with plaque and bipartite window in pointed arch recess with hoodmould over. Upper stage, with lancets at 1st floor level, paired slit windows at belfry. Eaves course.

CHURCH HALL: rectangular plan, connected to nave by single storey porch with arched doorway, tripartite window and pitched roof. South gable wall, triple lancet window with hoodmould above base course. W elevation 5 bays with lancets. Grey slated roof with terracotta ridges. Pyramidal grey-slated roof to tower. Zinc ventilators at hall ridge.

INTERIOR: stripped of all fittings. Entrance steps and gatepiers with clover motif on caps at E front.

Statement of Special Interest

Dean of Guild Court plans record an application by J Fraser Sim for a Church for the Trustees of the Free English Church, dated 1887, and an application by Alexander Shairp for a Hall for the Deacons Court of the Argyll Square Free Church dated 1892. It was built with a contribution of ?1000 from Robert MacFie of Airds. The now stripped interior was redecorated in the 1930s to designs by Sir Y D Cameron, artist. Window in W wall, showing a St Columba episode, was gifted by Alexander MacKay of Glencruitten. Spire removed after 1976 and present pyramidal roof instated.



Dean of Guild, Argyll & Bute District Council. Groome's Gazetteer.

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. 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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