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St John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Abercromby Road, Castle Douglas

A Category C Listed Building in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.9401 / 54°56'24"N

Longitude: -3.9332 / 3°55'59"W

OS Eastings: 276252

OS Northings: 562317

OS Grid: NX762623

Mapcode National: GBR 0CZ9.8W

Mapcode Global: WH4W0.K375

Plus Code: 9C6RW3R8+3P

Entry Name: St John The Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Abercromby Road, Castle Douglas

Listing Name: Abercromby Road, St John the Evangelist, Rc Church, Presbytery and Retaining Walls

Listing Date: 23 April 1990

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 358705

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22970

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Castle Douglas

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Town: Castle Douglas

Electoral Ward: Castle Douglas and Crocketford

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire

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1867. Simple gothic church with spire and 2-storey presbytery
adjoined. Whinstone rubble with red sandstone ashlar bands
and dressings, base course; hoodmoulds.
SPIRE AND ENTRANCE PORCH: adjoined to outer right bay of S
elevation. Square base to spire with small lancet windows
lighting stair, chamfered to octagonal form above eaves with
louvred round-arched openings to each face of bell-chamber,
bracketed eaves to polygonal ashlar spire; decorative
cast-iron finial. Gabled porch set in re-entrant angle with
pointed arch door, flanked by nookshafts with simple
capitals; 2-leaf boarded door; stone cross finial.
NAVE: buttresses dividing 5 bays to S elevation. Lancet in
outer left bay, paired lancets in pointed arch panels to 3
centre bays with quatrefoil carving at apex. N elevation
largely blank with set-off chimney breast to outer left with
cigar-stack at wallhead; lancet to outer right. E elevation
with large pointed arch panel comprised of plate traceried
rose window and 2 traceried windows; 2 arrowslit windows
below. Decorative stone cross finial at apex.
APSE: formed of canted W end elevation, with lancet to outer
bay to S and slender metal cross finial.
Lead diamond-pane glazing pattern. Graduated grey slates.
Decorative ridge ornament.
INTERIOR: not seen 1990.
PRESBYTERY: simple 2-storey presbytery adjoined to W end of
church. Materials as above. Bipartite windows at 1st floor
with column mullions and moulded lintels.
S ELEVATION: 3-bay; gabled porch set in re-entrant angle at
centre formed with advanced outer right bay; pointed arch
arch door in roll-moulded surround; plate glass fanlight;
arrowslit on W return. Small 1st floor window above. Lower
bays advanced to right comprised of 2 windows at ground with
moulded lintels and bipartite in gabled dormerhead breaking
eaves above; eaves swept into main roof. Gabled bay to outer
left with bipartite windows to each floor, and arrowslit at
gablehead; decorative wrought iron finial. 4-pane glazing
pattern in sash and case windows. Graduated grey slates.
Ashlar coped skews. Set-off wallhead stack to blank W
RETAINING WALLS: saddleback ashlar coping to whinstone rubble
walls, stepped at intervals.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such.

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