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Alford, Main Street, St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Including Gates, Gatepiers, Boundary Walls and Railings

A Category C Listed Building in Alford, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.2331 / 57°13'59"N

Longitude: -2.7033 / 2°42'12"W

OS Eastings: 357638

OS Northings: 816043

OS Grid: NJ576160

Mapcode National: GBR M9PL.VNX

Mapcode Global: WH7MS.FGXB

Entry Name: Alford, Main Street, St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Including Gates, Gatepiers, Boundary Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 3 May 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395303

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47909

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alford

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

1869; later additions and alterations. Rectangular-plan church in Early English style. Aberdeen bond granite with finely finished dressings. Base course; pointed-arched openings with chamfered reveals; diagonal buttresses.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: asymmetrical; 3-bay; square-plan 3-stage entrance tower advanced to bay to left, deeply chamfered, shouldered doorway to centre of 1st stage, 2 stone steps to 2-leaf boarded timber door with decorative hinges, cross motif set in roundel in gablehead above, single window to right return, plate traceried 2-light window to left return; 2-light

windows to each facet of 2nd stage; string course between 2nd and 3rd stages, clock to each facet of 3rd stage; parapet stepped-up at angles to form merlons, octagonal spire swept down between merlons, iron finial to apex. 2-light windows with oculus above to 2 bays to right.

E ELEVATION: gabled chancel advanced to centre, 3-light window to centre, eaves swept down to right, shouldered window below, 2-light and single windows to left return, gabled addition advanced to right return, stone crucifix to apex of each gable.

N ELEVATION: not seen 2001.

W ELEVATION: gabled; large and heavily traceried wheel window to centre of gablehead, iron finial to apex; square-plan entrance tower adjoining to right (see above).

Predominantly leaded diamond-pane windows. Steeply pitched grey slate roof with lead ridges. Coped stone skews with moulded skewputts. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 2001.

GATES, GATEPIERS, BOUNDARY WALLS AND RAILINGS: low coped boundary walls surmounted by railings. Square-plan sandstone gatepiers with pyramidal caps, 2-leaf iron gates.

Statement of Interest

St Andrew's Episcopal Church is prominently situated on the Main Street in Alford. The squat square-plan entrance tower, with its elegant swept down spire, is particularly imposing. According to the Third Statistical Account, the porch and steeple were gifted by Mr J Milne of Kingsford House, whilst the clock and bell were presented anonymously (3rd SA, p209).

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