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Castle Street, Trinity and Alvah Church, Church of Scotland

A Category B Listed Building in Banff, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.6659 / 57°39'57"N

Longitude: -2.524 / 2°31'26"W

OS Eastings: 368836

OS Northings: 864118

OS Grid: NJ688641

Mapcode National: GBR N84G.DFG

Mapcode Global: WH8LW.6LC4

Entry Name: Castle Street, Trinity and Alvah Church, Church of Scotland

Listing Date: 22 February 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357376

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21935

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Banff

County: Aberdeenshire

Town: Banff

Electoral Ward: Banff and District

Traditional County: Banffshire

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James Raeburn, Edinburgh, 1844, alterations and additions, A & W Reid, Elgin,1876-7 and 1936. Shallow cruciform; E entrance front with distyle in antis Greek Ionic pedimented portico surmounted by octagonal domed drum louvred belfry rising from stepped plinth. Harled with generous use of polished ashlar dressings and margins. 2-storey, 5-bay frontage (upper windows light gallery). 3 tall round-headed doorways with double-leaf doors below round-headed lights in set-back centre

bays. Blind clock aperture in centre of pediment tympanum. Deep ashlar wallhead bandcourse and cornice. Shallow advanced wings, N and S 1876) with 3 segmental-headed windows in ground and gallery floors. Plate glass and 4-pane glazing with long centre transoms mainly filled with simple coloured geometric glazing (1876).

Single wooden pedimented dormer N and S (1876 or later). Slate roofs; facetted leaded roof to belfry. Single storey vestry additions at rear.

INTERIOR: galleried interior with complex timber roof structure, refurbished in l876. 5-sided panelled fronted gallery supported by slender painted cast-iron columns. Organ fills shallow W transept fronted by pulpit. Doorway flanks pulpit each side (to vestry) with moulded door jambs and simple corniced overdoor (1844). Ribbed pine dado and plain pine pews, the seats and backs mostly of single length of timber.

Statement of Interest

Building in ecclesiastical use as such. Former Free Church of Scotland. The architect, James Raeburn, originated from Boyndie, Banffshire. His design was one of a series prepared for the Free Church in 1843 for use when required but unusually grand for an early Free Church.

The cruciform projections were originally designed with 2 windows and piended roofs, enlarged and re-fenestrated in the l876 alterations.

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