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Tankerness, St Andrew's Kirk, (North Church), (Church of Scotland)

A Category C Listed Building in East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.9561 / 58°57'21"N

Longitude: -2.8513 / 2°51'4"W

OS Eastings: 351127

OS Northings: 1007967

OS Grid: HY511079

Mapcode National: GBR M5B1.SN9

Mapcode Global: WH7CD.55H0

Entry Name: Tankerness, St Andrew's Kirk, (North Church), (Church of Scotland)

Listing Date: 9 December 1977

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352630

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18566

Building Class: Cultural

Location: St Andrews and Deerness

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray

Parish: St Andrews And Deerness

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

1801, enlarged 1827; altered circa 1915. 1 x 4 bay plain L-plan gabled hall church with pitched-roofed porch and round-arched, pitch-roofed bellcote to W end. Harled. Stepped buttresses; band course to bellcote; round-arched openings.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: stop-chamfered door surround to centred, gabled porch; deep-set 2-leaf boarded doors; window to each return; oculus to main gable above; bellcote with weather vane to gablehead. 2-bay projection set back to outer right forming short arm of L: timber door with rectangular fanlight to outer right. Bipartite window to left.

E ELEVATION: large round-arched window with simple intersecting tracery to main church gable; crucifix finial to gablehead above. Bipartite window, set to left, to short arm of L to left.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: evenly disposed window in each bay with buttress between outer 2 bays.

S (SIDE) ELEVATION: window in each (of 2-) bay gabled projection to right of centre. Window, with buttress between, in each bay to left.

Leaded stained glass window to E end; plain leaded windows elsewhere. Graded stone slated roof; red clay ridge; replaced cement skews with moulded skewputts; share-plan plain ridge ventilator; uPVC rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: plain hall church; boarded dado; boarded, coffered ceiling with centred circular vent; carved timber altar and octagonal pulpit raised on platform to E end; timber pews; memorial stained glass window to E end depicting the Crucifixion, dedicated to Jessie McTavish, mother of Rev. John McTavish, minister of the church, 1907-1928; bracketed and pedimented marble memorial to N wall.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Although plain,

St Andrew's Church is one of the more elaborate of Orkney's Presbyterian churches with a large, colourful stained glass window and moulded skewputts. It retains its graded stone tiled roof and its simple operational bellcote.

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