CHURCH STREET, OLD HIGH CHURCH (Ref:35179)
This building is in the Highland Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 21/05/1971.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NH 666 454.
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.
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
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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