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ST MARGARET'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND BURIAL GROUND (Ref:20872)

This building is in the Moray Council and the Aberlour Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 14/10/1976.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NJ 271 431.

Description

Alexander Ross, 1875-79. Gothic. Tall cruciform church

orientated E-W, with clerestory and narrow buttressed side

aisles. Pink tooled granite, contrasting tooled ashlar

ashlar dressings. Slightly lower chancel with transepts

at E; gabled porch at SW with pointed-headed entrance flanked

by polished granite nook shafts with stiff leaf capitals,

niche with statue of St Margaret above. Slender octagonal

belltower rises at angle of W gable with porch, bell chamber

lit by narrow louvred lancets and facetted spire with 4

triangular louvred lucarnes.

5-bay aisles lit by narrow paired cusped lights and nave

clerestory with similar triple windows. E gable of chancel

with long triple windows under stepped continuous hoodmould;

geometric tracery in W gable window. Angle buttresses;

steeply pitched slate roofs.

INTERIOR: lofty aisled interior with braced timber roof.

Aisle arcade supported by squat red Peterhead polished

granite columns rising from contrasting ashlar bases with

richly carved capitals depicting flowers, foliage and fruit.

Chancel approached by flight of steps; gilded wrought-iron

screen; richly decorated white marble altar and reredos;

stained glass chancel windows. Arcaded sedilia in chancel.

Stained glass in aisle windows by Baguley, Newcastle

1887-1909. Caen stone font with marble enrichment and

carved oak cover (cover from Christ Church, Lancaster Gate,

London, demolished 1977). Circular stone pulpit (1936,

Davidson of Inverness). Decorative encaustic tiles to floors

(Minton); various mural memorials.

BURIAL GROUND: partially walled burial ground surrounds church

with simple entrance flanked by tooled rubble gate piers.

3 grey granite foundation stones from Aberlour Orphanage

(demolished) set by entrance; war memorial to boys from

Aberlour Orphanage.

Notes

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Church built and partially financed by Miss Margaret MacPherson Grant of Aberlour House who died before its completion which was funded by William Grant of Elchies. Upgraded B to A 9.11.87

References

Groome's ORDNANCE OF SCOTLAND i (1882), p.27. Donald Finlay, SAINT MARGARET, ABERLOUR, BANFFSHIRE; A SHORT HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION (1979).

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