Scheduled Monument

Prestwick, Old Parish ChurchSM5883

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


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Ecclesiastical: burial ground, cemetery, graveyard; church
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Monkton And Prestwick
NS 35085 26478
235085, 626478


The monument consists of the ruins of a simple parish church

dedicated to St Nicholas. The structure probably dates from the 12th

or 13th century, but has been greatly modified in the 18th century.

The church stands in a graveyard on a raised knoll 250m NNE of

Prestwick railway station. It is gable ended and rectangular on plan measuring 13.5m E-W by 6.05m N-S internally. The masonry is coursed sandstone and lime mortar. The walls are 1m thick and rise 6m to the wallhead. The gables are intact, the W gable rising from a chamfered ground course, with a high level window and three small exterior buttresses. The E gable has an offset at the wallhead where there is

a chamfered eaves course. There are two massive buttresses on each

side of the gable and a smaller one in the centre. The plinth of a

plain belfry can be seen on this gable. All the openings are now

blocked apart from the pointed-arched entrance in the SW wall. There

is another similar entrance on the opposite wall. There are two

opposed, round-headed windows towards the E end and a large

rectangular one in the E end. Two flat-headed windows have been inserted in the S wall during the 18th century. Two decorated

capitals in the blocking appear to be of 13th century date.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular and includes the standing

walls, the area within and an area extending 2m beyond the exterior

face of the walls, measuring a maximum of 18.5m E-W by 11.05m N-S, as marked in red on the accompanying map.



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