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Skelmorlie Aisle and Cemetery Wall and Gate Piers

A Category A Listed Building in Largs, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.7947 / 55°47'41"N

Longitude: -4.8686 / 4°52'6"W

OS Eastings: 220265

OS Northings: 659441

OS Grid: NS202594

Mapcode National: GBR 30.7XZN

Mapcode Global: WH2N1.5MW1

Entry Name: Skelmorlie Aisle and Cemetery Wall and Gate Piers

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 382222

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB37198

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Largs

County: North Ayrshire

Town: Largs

Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Built 1636. Aisle, originally north transept of Largs
old church (demolished 1802), and originally linked by
tall pointed arch, now blocked, on south wall. Coursed
ashlar. Entrance on west wall: ogival-headed door with
roll moulding, below square plaque with crest, and flanked
by single windows: 2 similar windows on east wall, and
window with geometric tracery on north gable. Angle
margins, with decorative quoins. Straight skews, thistle
and fleur-de-lis finials and slate roof.
Interior: richly painted ceiling, signed J S Stalker,
and dated 1638. Timber barrel-vaulted roof divided by
painted ribs imitating rib-vaulting, panels between with
biblical texts and representations, zodiac signs and
symbolic figures; the 4 seasons represented in the
corners, 'summer' including view of Largs town and old
church. Floor on 2 levels, upper level raised over
partially sunk burial vault, and approached by steps with
balustraded parapet. Elaborate Renaissance carved stone
tomb, canopy raised above panelled and pilastered
platform, supported on 4 pairs of double Corinthian
columns; 2 elaborate outer entablatures linked
centrally by raised arch with elaborate brackets;
soffits coffered; entablature with pinnacles and
decorative pediment. Symbolic figures over angles.
Enclosed by rubble-built cemetery walls with
segmental-headed ashlar gateway to west dated 1636 and
approached by stone steps.

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