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Alves Parish Church (Church of Scotland, Former Free Church) and Enclosing Wall.

A Category B Listed Building in Alves, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6349 / 57°38'5"N

Longitude: -3.4666 / 3°27'59"W

OS Eastings: 312532

OS Northings: 861494

OS Grid: NJ125614

Mapcode National: GBR K8TJ.SX6

Mapcode Global: WH5H6.QCGC

Entry Name: Alves Parish Church (Church of Scotland, Former Free Church) and Enclosing Wall.

Listing Date: 25 April 1989

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 333238

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2333

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alves

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Heldon and Laich

Parish: Alves

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

1845, probably John Urquhart, architect, Forres,
remodelled with extensive interior refitting and with
rear wing, A and W Reid and Melvin, 1878 (church dated
1878). Rectangular church with N facing entrance gable
and long 3-bay E and W elevatons. Harled, tooled and
polished ashlar margins and dressings.
Centre bay in N gable projecting as tower with
round-headed entrance leading to recessed porch, louvred
opening 2nd stage, square open balustraded bellcote with
shaped angle finials above. Paired narrow bays flanking
entrance delineated by shallow margined pilaster strips
clasping angles and supporting simple entablature
returning by 1 bay. 2 round-headed windows each side of
porch, 2 in gable head, 3 similar windows to E and W
elevations; large wheel window in centre of rear (S)
gable. Lattice-pane glazing. Slate roof.
1878 single storey, 4-bay gabled room at rear; harl
pointed rubble, tooled ashlar dressings; 12-pane
glazing. Ridge stack; slate roof.
INTERIOR: galleried interior, the gallery supported by
slender cast-iron columns rising through gallery to
ceiling, the centre portion of which is barrel vaulted
longitudinally. 1878 pine panelled front to gallery;
1878 balustraded platform type pulpit reached by flight
of stairs.
2 bells by Michael Burgherhys Holland, dated 1637 and
1639, removed from old Alves parish church in 1978, now
displayed in church
ENCLOSING WALL: church enclosed by simple drystone
rubble wall with entrance flanked by square gatepiers
with shallow pyramidal caps; pair cast-iron gates.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Circa 1845 church described in 1878 as being a

'temporary' structure with a flat felt roof; side walls

and part of frontage (John Urquhart, architect, Forres?)

incorporated in present building; also the bellcote

which originally rested on the wallhead.

The bells now inside church (smaller of 1637 and the

larger 1639) removed from the old parish church in 1978

to commemorate the centenary of building in present

form.

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