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Dinnet, the Old Kirk Including Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

A Category C Listed Building in Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0758 / 57°4'32"N

Longitude: -2.8931 / 2°53'35"W

OS Eastings: 345951

OS Northings: 798660

OS Grid: NO459986

Mapcode National: GBR WM.8780

Mapcode Global: WH7NG.JDJZ

Entry Name: Dinnet, the Old Kirk Including Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 1 September 2003

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396933

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49414

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glenmuick, Tullich and Glengairn

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

1875. vestry and porch (probably) added 1890; undergoing alteration 2003; boundary walls and gatepiers added 1899. Small rectangular-plan gothic church with 3-bay nave, bellcote and part-crowstepped gables. Squared and snecked granite with ashlar dressings. Deep base and eaves courses. Shoulder-arched doors and lancet windows. Single and 2-stage sawtooth-coped buttresses. Hoodmoulds.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION:E (principal) elevation: symmetrical gabled elevation with triple lancet window to centre over gabled porch with small window, angle buttresses and 2-leaf timber door with decorative ironwork hinges to each return, single lancets to flanking bays and 2-stage angle buttresses beyond, that to left inscribed 'PARISH 1881'; bellcote (bell missing) piercing eaves at left and stone Celtic cross finial at gablehead. S elevation: bays to right with buttress with hand pump flanked by paired lancets below diminutive louvered triangular roof ventilators (see Notes); advanced gable of lower vestry to left, with 2 single windows and right return with door to right under roof ventilator as above and small modern rooflight, single window to left with '1890' carved on cill; left return with variety of altered openings. Further small square-headed window to outer left. W (rear)elevation: altered gabled elevation retaining outer lancets, rose window, small cruciform opening in gablehead and ironwork finial. N elevation: bays to left with 2 paired lancets flanking buttress (that to right over small basement entrance), 2 roof ventilators (see Notes) and porch to outer right with single lancet and door in return to left.

Diamond-pattern leaded windows, except to N. Red fishscale-pattern bands and grey slates with diamond-pattern leading at ridge. Ashlar-coped stepped skews with moulded skewputts at base of crowsteps.

INTERIOR: fine hammerbeam roof retained.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: granite-coped river pebble boundary walls with coped square-section ashlar gatepiers, 1 bearing monogram of 'CWB' and dated '1900' (see Notes).

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building no longer in use as such. Decommissioned early 21st century. Built at a cost of £700, Dinnet was a Chapel of Ease to Aboyne Parish Church, and raised quoad sacra in 1881. The main porch is thought to be later as it matches the stone colour of the vestry which is dated 1890. A prominent benefactor of Dinnet Church was Sir William Cunliffe Brooks whose monogram appears on the gatepier as a memorial of the erection of the boundary walls, in the style of those at Aboyne Castle, in 1899. Ongoing alterations for conversion to a dwelling will incorporate the addition of sympathetic dormer windows to each side of the main roof. Prior to listing, side windows had been reduced in size and the rear windows lowered. The pews have been passed to Aboyne Parish Church.

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