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Ardclach Bell Tower

A Category A Listed Building in Nairn and Cawdor, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4861 / 57°29'10"N

Longitude: -3.7467 / 3°44'48"W

OS Eastings: 295381

OS Northings: 845334

OS Grid: NH953453

Mapcode National: GBR K83Y.4H1

Mapcode Global: WH5HV.F32D

Plus Code: 9C9RF7P3+F8

Entry Name: Ardclach Bell Tower

Listing Name: Ardclach Bell Tower

Listing Date: 26 January 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 330880

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB551

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ardclach

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Nairn and Cawdor

Parish: Ardclach

Traditional County: Nairnshire

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Description

Dated 1655. Simple square, 2-storey tower with double pitched

roof. Harled, Ashlar dressings. Low doorway at SE; 2 irregular diminutive windows below eaves in east elevation; 2 small

gun-loops in north gable; datestone in centre south gable and 1

further small gun-loop. Simple bellcote at south gable apex,

and stumpy corniced stack at north; local slate roof; stone

ridge.

Interior; vaulted ground floor chamber (cell) in ground floor;

simple stone stairs lead to 1st floor room with chimney piece

in north gable with monogram MGB flanked by gun-loops.

Statement of Interest

Guardianship Monument. Monogram MGB for Alexander Brodie of Lethen and Margaret Grant his wife. Building served as watch-tower, prison and belfry - the parish church being sited below in the valley.

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