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Kirkton Church

A Category C Listed Building in Cavers, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.4173 / 55°25'2"N

Longitude: -2.7276 / 2°43'39"W

OS Eastings: 354039

OS Northings: 613951

OS Grid: NT540139

Mapcode National: GBR 95DS.8V

Mapcode Global: WH7XP.23FB

Plus Code: 9C7VC78C+WX

Entry Name: Kirkton Church

Listing Name: Kirkton Church (Church of Scotland) Including Graveyard, Boundary Walls, Gatepiers and Gates

Listing Date: 7 November 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332873

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2046

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Cavers

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Hawick and Denholm

Parish: Cavers

Traditional County: Roxburghshire

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1841; porch and chancel additions by John Robertson, 1904-1906. 3-bay, rectangular-plan, gable-fronted church with advanced pinnacled porch and birdcage belfry to W gable and gabled chancel and vestry to E. Whinstone rubble with polished ashlar dressings. Base course; eaves course. Pointed-arch windows with raised margins and timber tracery; stone tracery to chancel.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: 2-leaf timber-boarded door with strap hinges, set in roll-moulded pointed-arch to gabled porch with side pinnacles and cross-finial to gable apex. Hood-moulded window to principal gable behind. 3-bay side elevations. Gabled chancel to E with lower gabled vestry set at right angles to right.

Coloured leaded lights set in fixed timber windows. Ashlar-coped skews with cross finials to additions and ball finial to E gable. Welsh slate roof with ashlar ridge. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: trussed timber roof in nave; chancel with trussed and boarded roof. Timber panelling to dado height in nave and on sloping window cills. Art Nouveau gasoliers.

GRAVEYARD: coped rubble boundary walls. Spear-headed gates at SW corner, probably mid-19th century; mounting stone adjacent to gate. Gravestones, mainly to S, E and W of church, late 18th and 19th centuries.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. A simple but well-proportioned mid-19th century rural church, standing on an elevated site and a conspicuous feature in the landscape. As yet no architect has been identified for the original 1841 church. The additions by the prolific church architect John Robertson of Inverness (1840-1925) are of interest as so far no other work by him in the Borders has been identified. The work is incorrectly attributed to James Pearson Alison in some sources. Robertson's original plan for the additions was considerably more ambitious with round-ended chancel, transepts (containing reading room and vestry) and porch. These rounded corners were characteristic features of a design by Robertson. However these plans were modified as the cost was too high and the simplified square-ended chancel and porch were built.

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