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St Serf's Church, Comrie

A Category C Listed Building in Comrie, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.3765 / 56°22'35"N

Longitude: -3.9831 / 3°58'59"W

OS Eastings: 277627

OS Northings: 722227

OS Grid: NN776222

Mapcode National: GBR 19.2C4K

Mapcode Global: WH4MT.SZGM

Plus Code: 9C8R92G8+HQ

Entry Name: St Serf's Church, Comrie

Listing Name: Station Road, St Serf's Episcopal Church Including Gates

Listing Date: 9 May 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396036

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48625

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Comrie

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathearn

Parish: Comrie

Traditional County: Perthshire

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1958 encasing of 1884 structure designed by R T N Speir, with Mr Ewing of Muthill, architect, enlarged 1888 and with additional hall. Simple cruciform-plan aisless church with gabled porch, transepts and vestry, diminutive slated fleche and steeply-pitched roof. Harled brick with stone/concrete? cills. Some pointed-arch windows with timber tracery; timber mullions.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3 recessed bays to centre with 4-light window to right, 2 bipartites to left (all abutting eaves) and cross-finialled leaded fleche to centre of roof ridge. Gabled porch to

left with broad 2-leaf boarded timber door under hoodmould; gabled transept to right with deep-set raised-centre tripartite window and small coloured glass bipartite on return to right.

NE ELEVATION: lower gabled chancel projecting at centre with 5-light traceried window and single window on return to left. Further bay (vestry) to right with door and window beyond.

NW ELEVATION: variety of elements to altered elevation largely mirroring that to SE but including later gabled hall projecting at outer right.

SW ELEVATION: replacement pointed-arch window to gabled bay off-centre right, further window to left.

Largely leaded multi-pane glazing patterns in casement windows (some stained glass, see INTERIOR). Grey slates. Plain bargeboarding.

INTERIOR: moulded cornices and fine open timbered roof. Figurative stained glass memorial window to NE and 2 coloured glass lights inserted into replacement window at SW; figurative stained glass in side chapel. Polygonal stone font with single relief-carved panel.

GATES: decorative cross-finialled ironwork gates.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. A comparatively humble, picturesque building with an interesting history and striking, simple interior. The original timber structure, with red pantiles and a small belfry, was erected on a site donated by Colonel Williams of Lawers. It cost ?250 with most of the furnishings gifted by local gentry. The small mission church was dedicated to St Fillan on 5th August, 1884, by the Bishop of the diocese, the Right Rev Charles Wordsworth and originally known as such. By 1892 the church was known as St Serf's, probably arising from confusion with the name of the nearby St Fillan's village, and had become a charge in its own right by 1911. In 1937 a new stone church was planned, but not executed until 1958 when the original timber church was encased with bricks and harl, and the pantile roof replaced with grey slate. The new building was dedicated to St Serf by the Bishop of the diocese on 22nd January, 1958.

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