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Round Tower And St Michael's Cross, Crossmichael Parish Church

A Category A Listed Building in Crossmichael, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9812 / 54°58'52"N

Longitude: -3.9864 / 3°59'10"W

OS Eastings: 272977

OS Northings: 566985

OS Grid: NX729669

Mapcode National: GBR 0BLV.R5

Mapcode Global: WH4VS.Q2X4

Plus Code: 9C6RX2J7+FC

Entry Name: Round Tower And St Michael's Cross, Crossmichael Parish Church

Listing Name: Crossmichael Parish Church and Churchyard (Church of Scotland)

Listing Date: 4 November 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334827

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3698

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Crossmichael

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Castle Douglas and Crocketford

Parish: Crossmichael

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire

Tagged with: Church building Cemetery

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T-plan church built 1751, tall round tower probably late
16th-17th century origin, top part later rebuilt; church
interior early 19th century.
Symmetrical T-plan church, painted rubble with polished
margins. S elevation with round tower to centre flanked by 2
lancet windows with timber Y-tracery.
To E and W gables single-storey piend-roofed projecting
porches, single lancet to gable above. N jamb round-arched
window. Piended slate roofs to church. Tower painted rough
rubble. Pointed-arched door at foot. 2 small blocked
round-arched roll-moulded windows are visible above door
indicating a late 16th-mid 17th-century date for the tower.
Top 1/4 of tower seems to have been rebuilt in 19th-century
from which time date the louvred openings and fish-scale
slate conical roof with iron weathervane-finial.
Interior: well preserved early 19th-century interior.
Panel-fronted gallery to 3 sides supported on cast-iron
columns. Box pews in 1822 layout. Pulpit to centre of S wall
flanked by stained-glass lancets. Behind pulpit pilastered
corniced 'reredos' doorpiece leads down to tower.
Churchyard: rubble-walled coped churchyard with some good
18th and early 19th century gravestones. Tomb of covenanting
martyr William Graham d. 1682.

Statement of Interest

Round towers such as this are extremely rare, the only

comparable example in SW Scotland being that at Portpatrick

Parish Church (1629) in Wigtownshire which may have served a

dual function as navigational beacon and belfry. The old bell

at Crossmichael church is dated 1611 which may give an

approximate date for the tower. The interior also is

unusually well preserved. The Church forms an A group with

the Gordon of Greenlaw memorial in the churchyard.

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

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