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Stenton Church

A Category B Listed Building in Stenton, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9601 / 55°57'36"N

Longitude: -2.607 / 2°36'25"W

OS Eastings: 362199

OS Northings: 674285

OS Grid: NT621742

Mapcode National: GBR 2Z.XG78

Mapcode Global: WH8W4.XGQ8

Plus Code: 9C7VX96V+25

Entry Name: Stenton Church

Listing Name: Stenton Parish Church with Graveyard Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 348237

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB14782

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200348237

Location: Stenton

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Dunbar and East Linton

Parish: Stenton

Traditional County: East Lothian

Tagged with: Church building

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William Burn, 1829. Spiky gothic, T-plan church with
3-stage tower. Stugged, coursed pink sandstone with
ashlar dressings; base course, chamfered reveals and
hoodmoulded to pointed-arch and 4-centred openings.
Perpendicular tracery to stone mullioned windows.
Louvred, cusped 2-light to tower. Grey slates.
TOWER: square, 3-stage tower adjoined to E gable end
wall of church. Doorway to E, with 2-leaf studded and
panelled doors, flanked by shafted angle buttresses;
window to S side; canted stair bay set in re-entrant
angle to N, with small window; set-offs to 2nd stage, with
narrower cusped windows on 3 sides, polygonal angles
extending up into attenuated pinnacles with
gabletted finials above 3rd stage; 2-light windows to
3 sides of 3rd stage, with hoodmoulds continuing in string
course; string course dividing upper stages. Parapet
with arrow-slit details to each side. Main gable with
angle buttresses and less attenuated finials; parapetted
skews adjoining tower.
W ELEVATION: buttressed gable with central 4-centred
doorway flanked by raised and buttressed pilasters,
linked tall 4-centre, 5-light window; door blocked 1892,
but studded doors retained. Parapetted skews.
N ELEVATION: gabled central N jamb flanked by 2-light
windows. N gable detailed similarly to W gable, but with
4-light window and corbel at apex missing finial (1988).
S ELEVATION: re-oriented to W, by J Jerdan, Edinburgh,
1892. White-washed walls, boarded dado; segmentally
arched and ribbed ceiling. Neo-Jacobean lairds gallery in
N jamb with coomb ceiling above. Panelled gallery front
with cusp carving to E end. Painted benches, clover
finials. Simple reredos. Traceried timber communion
table; panelled polygonal timber pulpit. Stained glass in
5-light by C E Kempe, 1888, Virgin, Child and Saints;
other windows by Ballantine and Gardiner, of 1892, 1898
and 1910.
sandstone parapet wall with gable coping to S, rubble
walls to remaining perimeter. 2 sets of square ashlar
gatepiers with chamfered angles, moulded coping and
pyramid caps. 2 pairs of decorative wrought-iron gates.
Notable 18th century gravestones, particularly of mid
century date.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such (Church of Scotland).

The NSA recounts how Mrs H N Ferguson of Dirleton and

Belhaven urged the subscribers to raise $900 for a new

church, "As the old church was very incommodious", and

herself provided considerably more. It cost circa $1,200,

and was opened on 4 October 1829. The Old Parish Church is

listed separately.

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