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Walls (Hoy), St John's Church (Church of Scotland), Including Boundary Wall

A Category C Listed Building in Stromness and South Isles, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.8059 / 58°48'21"N

Longitude: -3.2173 / 3°13'2"W

OS Eastings: 329772

OS Northings: 991571

OS Grid: ND297915

Mapcode National: GBR L5FG.6XP

Mapcode Global: WH6BN.KX6P

Entry Name: Walls (Hoy), St John's Church (Church of Scotland), Including Boundary Wall

Listing Date: 10 May 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395377

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47969

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Walls and Flotta

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: Stromness and South Isles

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

1883. 5-bay; rectangular-plan; Church of Scotland church (originally mission church) with small rectangular-plan gabled porch centred on W elevation and almost identical vestry centred on E elevation. Plain symmetrical design with lancet windows and small bellcote at E end. Harled with ashlar dressings (those below roof level painted cream). Architraved openings throughout. Vertical margins at arrises. Coped gables.

N ELEVATION: regularly disposed windows, one to each of 5 bays of nave. Entrance porch set back to outer right; entrance with 4-panel timber door to left; window to right. Vestry set back to outer left; central window.

S ELEVATION: regularly disposed windows, one to each of 5 bays of nave. Vestry set back to outer right; entrance with low pointed arched lintel (boarded timber door) to left; window to right. Entrance porch set back to outer left.

W ELEVATION: gable end of entrance porch projects to centre; central window; fleur-de-lys finial to gable. Flanking breaking-eaves windows set back to gable end of nave; one above (set into slightly projecting vertical band). Square-plan bellcote to gable; gableted lancet opening to each side; surmounted by small pyramidal spire with truncated finial.

E ELEVATION: blank gable end of vestry projects to centre. Flanking breaking-eaves windows set back to gable end of nave; one above. Truncated finial to gable.

3-pane fixed frame timber windows. Welsh slate roof to main building and vestry. Asbestos slate roof to porch.

INTERIOR: nave open to king post roof. Timber floor with stone flagged central aisle. Plain boarded timber pews. Hexagonal timber pulpit with simple Gothic panels to upper section and back; steps up curved in plan with cast-iron handrail; modern sounding board. Gas lamps on wrought-iron brackets and suspended from ceiling to nave (alongside electric lighting). 4-panel timber doors. Timber matchboarding to entrance porch; brass tablet to 4 men 'of this church' who died in World War I.

BOUNDARY WALL: coursed rubble wall encloses rectangular-plan churchyard. 2 adjoining entrance gateways (one for pedestrians, one for vehicular access) with square-plan gatepiers to N side; timber gates with latticed upper panels and railed lower ones.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building no longer in use as such. A small, well preserved and maintained church, of attractive though simple design. Originally it was North Walls Established Misison Church.

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