Listed Building

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CHURCH STREET, OLD HIGH CHURCHReference: LB35179

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 21/05/1971

Location

  • Local Authority: Highland
  • Planning Authority: Highland
  • Burgh: Inverness

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNH 66463 45514
  • Coordinates266463, 845514

Description

Late 16th century tower; church 1769-72; internal

alterations, A & W Reid, 1877; additions and internal

alterations, W L Carruthers, 1899. Rubble. Tower, square-plan,

unbuttressed with small openings, projection for stair at

SE, stone-vaulted interior; top of tower probably

late 17th century with corbelled balustraded parapet, small

octagonal spire, apsidal-ended vestry added at SE

of tower, 1899. Church of 7 bays; SE flank has late

19th century porches at end bays and semi-octagonal apse of

1891 at centre bay; tall round-arched windows; at

north-west flank square-headed windows; small dormers added,

1899.

INTERIOR: extensively remodelled 1877 and 1899;

demi-octagonal gallery, pews of modified box type introduced,

1877; open timber roof, its principals springing from stone

corbels, 1899. Stained glass of various dates, by Ballantine

& Gardiner, Douglas Strachan and Gordon Webster.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. The steeple was

repaired in 1649 (RECORDS OF INVERNESS, ed. William Mackay

and Herbert Cameron Bond, ii (1894) 201). The church was

rebuilt in 1769 to a plan procured from George Fraser,

Depute-Auditor of the Excise at Edinburgh. The plan was an

enlarged version of that of the Buccleuch Church, Edinburgh,

built in 1755-6 (Charles Fraser Mackintosh, ANTIQUARIAN NOTES

(1865), 291).

References

Bibliography

George Hay, ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION

CHURCHES 25; NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT, xiv, 28; Alexander

Mackenzie, GUIDE TO INVERNESS (1903), 45; INVERNESS COURIER,

May 24, 1877, March 27, 1891 and Sept 29, 1899; and

information courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

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