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RAFFORD PARISH CHURCH (CHURCH OF SCOTLAND) (Ref:15589)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Rafford Parish. It is a category B building and was listed on 26/01/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 060 563.

Description

James Gillespie Graham, 1826; alterations and additions, P MacGregor Chalmers, Glasgow 1907. Gothic. Harl pointed rubble, tooled and polished ashlar dressings. S gable fronted by 3-stage tower with entrance at base, each stage delineated by string course; recessed entrance with Perpendicular Gothic doorpiece flanked by ashlar dummy facetted lanterns with crocketted caps. Hoodmoulded pointed-headed traceried window above; louvred fenestration in upper stage, N, S and W faces of tower; ashlar balustraded wallhead with substantial corbelled and crocketted angle pinnacles. 3 large windows with Perpendicular tracery light to long W elevation, each window flanked by stepped buttress terminating at wallhead with substantial crocketted pinnacle. 3 (1907) similar windows light E elevation, buttressed only in outer bays. Large hoodmoulded and similarly traceried window in centre of N gable. Small (1907) hexagonal vestry at NE. Clear quarry glazing (1907) except for circa 1918 stained glass window at N. Apex across finial at N gable; slate roof. INTERIOR: lofty all interior largely remodelled 1907. Cusped panelled dado encircles interior (made from former gallery front); cusped panelled pulpit, holy table and rear screen (all 1907); round-headed entrance (also 1907) into church from entrance lobby; plain stained pine pews (1907).

Notes

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Replaced earlier church sited in present (old) burial ground. Stained glass window given in memory of Capt H B Galloway, killed in action, 1915. Clock dated 1907 at rear of church gifted by Alexander Walker, a native of Rafford, then President of the Colonial Bank of New York.

References

THE STATISTICAL ACCOUNT xiii (1842), p.254. FORRES GAZETTE, 21 August 1907, p.3 (description of alterations and additions). George Hay, THE ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH POST-REFORMATION CHURCHES 1560-1843 (1958), pp.130, 141, 267. Angus Howat and Mike Seton, CHURCHES OF MORAY (1981), p.42.

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