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Churchyard And Boundary Wall, Old Parish Church, Simprim

A Category C Listed Building in Swinton, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.702 / 55°42'7"N

Longitude: -2.2369 / 2°14'12"W

OS Eastings: 385210

OS Northings: 645417

OS Grid: NT852454

Mapcode National: GBR D2TH.JT

Mapcode Global: WH9YM.MY15

Plus Code: 9C7VPQ27+Q6

Entry Name: Churchyard And Boundary Wall, Old Parish Church, Simprim

Listing Name: Simprim Church Including Graveyard and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 9 June 1971

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 348902

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB15340

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200348902

Location: Swinton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Swinton

Traditional County: Berwickshire

Tagged with: Parish Churchyard

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Remains of rectangular-plan church comprising nave and chancel. Dedicated 1247; bell and steeple added 1756; abandoned 1761. Squared sandstone rubble; rubble dressings. E gable virtually intact with chamfered surround to blocked, round-arched opening centred in outer elevation; plaque centred in inner elevation. Remains of wall to N; little to S or W.

GRAVEYARD AND BOUNDARY WALL: various sandstone gravestones in irregular rows including 18th century stones with memento mori; table top monuments. Rubble-coped rubble wall enclosing near square-plan site (rounded corner to SE); timber gate. Wall mounted post box to right of entrance ('GR').

Statement of Interest

Originally a parish in its own right, Simprim was annexed to Swinton in 1761. Thereafter, Simprim Church was left to fall into ruin. Said to be one of the smallest churches in Scotland, the chancel is 22ft long by 13ft wide, and the nave 23ft by 15ft9?. The plaque centred in the E gable is dedicated to Thomas Boston, author of the FOURFOLD STATE and minister here from 1699 to 1707. Referred to as 'Simprin' in the Ordnance Gazetteer.

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