Craig Parish Kirk

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Craig Parish Kirk

Kirkton of Craig
Montrose, Angus, DD 10 9TB Scotland Add to Map
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Craig Parish Church was built in 1799 by Richard Crichton, an associate of Robert Adam. It is the earliest Gothic Revival church in Scotland. The church consists of an aisled nave and west tower and is situated in small grounds overlooking Montrose Basin and close to the coastal town. The building shows some interesting transitional details and is A-listed. It went out of ecclesiastical use some time ago and is now a private house.

Craig Church was built in rubble sandstone and was originally harled. There are ashlar surrounds and detailing, such as the corners of the tower.

The tower is an impressive structure. It has three stages, the lowest stage being wider than the others. The original entrance was on the west face and has an impressive Gothic pointed-arch doorway, flanked by unusual Egyptian-style columns. Above, in the classical lintel, is a recessed panel, which may have once held an inscription. The south face of the tower has a pointed-arch recess with a quarter foil window and a door which has been cut into it. The stages above have a round window and pointed-arch window above. The top of the tower features a battlemented parapet with corner pinnacles. The ashlar corner sections of the tower stand forward slightly of the rest of the tower.

The nave of the church has three large pointed-arch windows with simple Y-tracery. The side aisles have a slightly lower roof line than the narrow nave. The nave's gable at the east end has crow-stepped skews. The east gable has a single very large pointed-arch window with simple tracery.

The interior has an arcaded nave, with side aisles to the north and south. Most of the original furnishings, including the pews and sanctuary have been stripped out. The church is now a private house.


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