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Aberlour Parish Church (Church of Scotland)

A Category B Listed Building in Speyside Glenlivet, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4711 / 57°28'15"N

Longitude: -3.226 / 3°13'33"W

OS Eastings: 326566

OS Northings: 842975

OS Grid: NJ265429

Mapcode National: GBR L8DZ.8YH

Mapcode Global: WH6K7.FG1Y

Entry Name: Aberlour Parish Church (Church of Scotland)

Listing Date: 22 February 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356068

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20866

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberlour

County: Moray

Town: Aberlour

Electoral Ward: Speyside Glenlivet

Traditional County: Banffshire

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Description

Various builds and architects from 1838-40 on site of and probably including fragments of 1812 nave destroyed by

fire 1861. Neo-Norman 5-bay rectangular church with tower at W with entrance porch, apse at E. Mixed pinned granite with extensive use of contrasting tooled sandstone dressings.

Tower: dated 1840, William Robertson, Elgin, with later upper crenellated clock stage. Round-headed entrance in

centre, similar detailed round-headed upper windows. Raised addition with dummy angle bartizans, paired round-headed louvred vents and clockface in each elevation.

NAVE: George Petrie, 1861. 5-bay N and S elevations with bays 1,3,5, as shallow recesses, delineated by long-short dressed pilasters and decorative corbelling. Round-headed windows; nook shafts, chevron mouldings and hoodmoulds decorate fenestration in bays 2 and 4.

APSE AND VESTRY: 1833-5, J and W Wittet in consultation with Sir David Y Cameron, RA. Apse with 3 round-headed windows at E gable; vestry projects at NE, both additions in neo-Norman style. End stack at E; slate roof.

INTERIOR: remodelled 1933-5, also J & W Wittet with Sir David Y Cameron. Round-headed arch to apse flanked by similar arches (blind at right, housing organ loft) with attenuated nook shafts with cushion capitals to chancel;

similar blind arcading detailing to W gallery front (re-used from 1861 gallery) and to facetted pulpit and communion

table (both 1933). 1933 pews flank centre aisle. Stained glass in apse windows (centre by Gordon Webster);

lattice-pane to nave; multi-pane glazing to tower fenestration.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

Nave of 1812 church destroyed by fire 1861. Renovations in 1933-5 due to dry rot. Sir Edmund Findlay of Aberlour

House gifted $1,000 towards cost of remodelling in memory of his father, Sir John, to whom 2 of the apse windows are dedicated; the 3rd window dedicated to Dr T A Sellar of Aberlour.

Plaque in tower lobby inscribed 'This Tower erected and the body of present church lengthened at the voluntary

expense of Alex. Grant of Aberlour. Robertson Archt. AD 1840.'

This plaque appears to be replacement of earlier plaque destroyed in 1861 fire.

Upgraded C(S) to B 9.11.87

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