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Morham Parish Church with Graveyard Walls

A Category A Listed Building in Morham, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9444 / 55°56'39"N

Longitude: -2.7115 / 2°42'41"W

OS Eastings: 355658

OS Northings: 672597

OS Grid: NT556725

Mapcode National: GBR 2V.YGRP

Mapcode Global: WH7TZ.BV1C

Entry Name: Morham Parish Church with Graveyard Walls

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353046

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18870

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Morham

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Parish: Morham

Traditional County: East Lothian

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Description

1724, with Dalrymple Aisle, circa 1730, and bellcote of

1685, incorporated from earlier church. Rubble red sandstone, harl pointed; ashlar dressings; classical frontage to N, Dalrymple Aisle in white ashlar. Body of church: 4-bays to S with round arched keystone openings; doorway in outer right bay, with semi-circular fanlight and 2-leaf doors; windows in remaining bays, that to outer left blocked from former doorway; stone with banded carving incorporated from earlier structure, inserted to left of present doorway. Steeply pitched gables to E and W, that to E blank with ventilation windows, corniced burial enclosure adjoined at ground and bellcote at apex. N elevation blank with Aisle projecting at centre. Bellcote and bell: birdcage

bellcote, 1685, in stone with cornice and ogival stone

cap; thackstones. Bell cast in 1681, dated, and with inscription "Sir James Stansfield Donum Eius". Dalrymple Aisle: circa 1730, dwarfing body of church, with higher eaves cornice and base course. Classical ashlar frontage applied to N gable with tripartite

arrangement, rusticated quoins and base course; raised bay at centre with Gibbsian doorpiece; 2-leaf panelled doors; simply panel above and in flanking bays at ground; 2 Gibbsian windows lighting loft, sharing cornice with centre bay; corniced and richly carved armorial panel above at centre, with segmental pediment and curved mouldings flanking to link windows below. Die or squat stack above. Loft no longer accessible from interior, only by stone forestair and doorway on E return, and lit by further window on W return. Decorative leaded pattern to round arched windows; 12-pane glazing pattern to Dalrymple Aisle in sash and case windows. Grey slates. Early skew form to original church; ashlar coping to Aisle. Interior: plain; boarded dado, painted plaster and coombed ceiling. Centre aisle. Panelled surround to

doorway. Suitable 18th century style communion table and pulpit.

Centre lights in coronet form. Etched window at W end, of Celtic Cross. Graveyard walls: substantial rubble, harl pointed boundary

walls, including to W, outer wall of former manse offices, now residential; bee bole in 1 corner. Selection of much-weathered gravestones with memento mori and artisan classical form.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.Rec James Forsyth,minister,writing in 1837,in the NSA,commented sweepingly that Morham should be annihilated or augmented as it was too small to justify the status of an independent parish,being wasteful of Church of Scotland funds.Morham is the smallest parish in East Lothain.Interior of Dalrymple Aisle not seen (1988),The dick Peddie and Mackay plans probably refer to the interior re-furbishment and blocking of entrance to Dalrymple Loft from the interior of the church.

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