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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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Coordinates

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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Description

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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