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St James' Parish Church, Prestwick Road, Ayr

A Category C Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4741 / 55°28'26"N

Longitude: -4.6251 / 4°37'30"W

OS Eastings: 234177

OS Northings: 623162

OS Grid: NS341231

Mapcode National: GBR 39.X5NT

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.XNRV

Plus Code: 9C7QF9FF+JX

Entry Name: St James' Parish Church, Prestwick Road, Ayr

Listing Name: Prestwick Road, St James' Parish Church, Church Hall and Manse (Church of Scotland) Including Gatepiers, Gates, Lamp Standards, Railings and Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 29 March 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394604

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47227

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr North

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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John Murdoch, 1885. 2-storey, 3-bay aisled Gothic church on corner site with square-plan 2-stage tower to left. Squared and snecked sandstone. Buttresses divide bays; pointed-arched openings.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central entrance to gabled central bay; 2-leaf timber door and fanlight; flanking quatrefoil roundels; string course; 3-light tracery window aligned above; hoodmould; quatrefoil tracery to gablehead roundel; pinnacle rises from buttress to right. 3-light window at ground to bay to right; hoodmould; 3-light tracery window aligned above. Tracery window at 1st stage of recessed tower to outer left; bipartite louvred openings at 2nd stage; castellated parapet; castellated pinnacle rises from corner to outer left.

SW (FALKLAND PARK ROAD) ELEVATION: 5-bay with tower to outer right. 2-light openings at both floors to 5 bays to left. Tower to outer right (see above).

Leaded and stained glass windows. Grey slate roof; stone skews.

INTERIOR: gilded Corinthian columns and barley sugar stair balusters; pointed-arched gallery arcade; ribbed ceiling; timber pews, gallery and furnishings; organ by H Hilsdon, dated 1925 to timber panelled sanctuary; rose window.

CHURCH HALL: Alex Mair, 1933. Single storey, 6-bay red sandstone church hall (harled to side). Advanced square-headed entrance breaking roofline; 2-leaf timber door; fanlight; 2 single windows flanking; additional single window to outer right. Timber floor; round-arched proscenium; arched banded ceiling to interior.

MANSE: single and 2-storey, 5-bay manse (grouped 2-2-1). Re-entrant angle entrance to penultimate bay to left in single storey 2-bay section (linking vestry to manse); bipartite window to outer left. Tripartite window at ground floor, bipartite window at 1st floor (both round-arched) to 3rd gabled bay to left; later gabled bay to outer right, windows at ground and 1st floor; windows at ground and 1st floor to recessed bay between.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows and modern windows. Grey slate roof; ridge stacks; circular cans.

GATEPIERS, GATES, LAMP STANDARDS, RAILINGS AND BOUNDARY WALL: square-plan gatepiers to central entrance to church; iron lamp standards surmounting; square-plan gatepiers to outer right of entrance to manse; iron gatepiers to central entrance to church hall; 2-leaf iron gates to all entrances; iron railings atop sections of coped boundary wall enclosing site.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Measurements for the church as described in the Ayr Advertiser are 83 feet in length, 52 feet in breadth and seated to accommodate 842 sitters. The manse (erected shortly after the church) is connected to the church via the vestry.

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