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Alexandria, Main Street, Saint Andrew's Parish Church with Gatepiers, Railings, Graveyard and Smollett Mausoleum

A Category B Listed Building in Bonhill, West Dunbartonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9855 / 55°59'7"N

Longitude: -4.5805 / 4°34'49"W

OS Eastings: 239111

OS Northings: 679956

OS Grid: NS391799

Mapcode National: GBR 0L.VWFM

Mapcode Global: WH3NB.MT09

Entry Name: Alexandria, Main Street, Saint Andrew's Parish Church with Gatepiers, Railings, Graveyard and Smollett Mausoleum

Listing Date: 22 July 1974

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331616

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1136

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bonhill

County: West Dunbartonshire

Electoral Ward: Leven

Parish: Bonhill

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

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Description

1840. Gothic hall church with tower rectangular-plan church. Painted stugged squared and snecked sandstone; ashlar margins and dressings; rough render side and rear elevation. Base course; eaves cornice; strip quoins.

W (MAIN) ELEVATION: 2-stage tower with spire to buttressed bay at centre. Round-arched door, scalloped colonnette moulding; 2-leaf panelled door. 3-light round-arched window above; corbelled clock on each side, gabled sawtooth louvred lucarnes; octagonal narrow spire, finialled, lead weathervane; gabletted, pinnacled pilaster buttresses. Flanking buttressed bays; round-arched windows, scalloped hoodmoulds

N AND S ELEVATIONS: ashlar pilaster dividing nave from tower; 5-bay nave; round-arched windows; smaller round-arched window at tower.

E ELEVATION: 2-bay gabled block at centre; blank flanking bays. Modern flat-roofed vestry built at ground.

10-pane patterned fire glass; rear windows 6-pane bipartite. Low gabled roof, ashlar coping to skews, skewputts.

INTERIOR: stripped inteior. 2 stained glass patterned windows to Smollett family.

GRAVEYARD: range of mid to later 19th century grave monuments, Celtic cross, slab memorials.

SMOLLETT MAUSOLEUM: Romanesque Revival; shallow T-plan, mauseleum straddling rear wall; honey-coloured sandstone ashlar; ashlar dressings; zoomorphic, figuartive sculptures. Gabled entrance bay, Romanesque door; chevron moulding; colonnettes; hoodmould, zoomorphic labelstops; plaque in gablehead; cross finial; grotesque figurative corbel. Narrow bays, recessed niches. Arcaded blind window; hoodmould, grotesque labelstops; very weathered on left return. Grey slate roof, ashlar ridging.

WAR MEMORIAL: rusticated granite, battered base; primitive Celtic cross.

GATEPIERS AND RAILINGS: octagonal piers with depressed finialled caps; low plinth wall with arrowhead cast-iron railings.

Statement of Interest

The church is no longer in ecclesiastical use.

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