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Fochabers, South Street, Roman Catholic Church and Presbytery

A Category B Listed Building in Fochabers Lhanbryde, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6129 / 57°36'46"N

Longitude: -3.0953 / 3°5'43"W

OS Eastings: 334659

OS Northings: 858630

OS Grid: NJ346586

Mapcode National: GBR L8QL.NT6

Mapcode Global: WH6JJ.FX87

Entry Name: Fochabers, South Street, Roman Catholic Church and Presbytery

Listing Date: 24 March 1988

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332259

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1581

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bellie

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Fochabers Lhanbryde

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

J Gillespie Graham, 1826-8, after design by Bishop James
Kyle. Chancel addition, circa 1905. Rectangular, Gothic
building orientated N-S with S gabled entrance front. Tooled
ashlar frontage, mixed rubble flanks, tooled and polished
ashlar dressings.
Main S gable front with central bay marked by stepped
buttresses, rising to panelled, gabletted pinnacles with
stiff-leaf finials, linked at wallhead by pierced balustrade;
gable apex finial. Wide pointed-headed entrance (modern
door), large perpendicular 3-light traceried window above,
similarly detailed 2-light windows in flanking bays,
crenellated wallhead, lattice-pane glazing. 2 tall geometric
tracery windows in E elevation only. Canted chancel (circa
1905) at N gable with paired hoodmoulded windows with
curvilinear tracery. Slate roofs.
INTERIOR: aisless interior with shallow pointed ceiling
supported at intervals by clustered columns continuing across
ceiling as ribs. Cusped panelled front to gallery at S.
Ornately carved and pinnacled reredos and carved marble altar
(1900). Stations of the Cross also 1900.
PRESBYTERY: mid-19th century 2-storey and attic dwelling with
long (rear) E elevation abutting church wall and with regular
3-bay S entrance gable. Mixed rubble, tooled ashlar
dressings. Off-centre entrance with flanking windows and 2
1st floor windows, all under relieving arches; single canted
dormer windows; varied glazing. Coped end stacks; slate
roofs.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Church replaced former RC chapel. Built at instigation of

Father Mattheson, who died before completion. William

Robertson, architect, Elgin, also drew a plan which was

rejected in favour of that by J Gillespie Graham. Robertson

inspected the 'New chapel' on completion.

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