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Prestwick, Old Parish Church

A Scheduled Monument in Prestwick, South Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.5042 / 55°30'15"N

Longitude: -4.6127 / 4°36'45"W

OS Eastings: 235084

OS Northings: 626479

OS Grid: NS350264

Mapcode National: GBR 3B.V8GT

Mapcode Global: WH3QN.3XR9

Entry Name: Prestwick, Old Parish Church

Scheduled Date: 24 January 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5883

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Monkton and Prestwick

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Prestwick

Traditional County: Ayrshire


The monument consists of the ruins of a simple parish church

dedicated to St Nicholas. The structure probably dates from the 12th

or 13th century, but has been greatly modified in the 18th century.

The church stands in a graveyard on a raised knoll 250m NNE of

Prestwick railway station. It is gable ended and rectangular on plan measuring 13.5m E-W by 6.05m N-S internally. The masonry is coursed sandstone and lime mortar. The walls are 1m thick and rise 6m to the wallhead. The gables are intact, the W gable rising from a chamfered ground course, with a high level window and three small exterior buttresses. The E gable has an offset at the wallhead where there is

a chamfered eaves course. There are two massive buttresses on each

side of the gable and a smaller one in the centre. The plinth of a

plain belfry can be seen on this gable. All the openings are now

blocked apart from the pointed-arched entrance in the SW wall. There

is another similar entrance on the opposite wall. There are two

opposed, round-headed windows towards the E end and a large

rectangular one in the E end. Two flat-headed windows have been inserted in the S wall during the 18th century. Two decorated

capitals in the blocking appear to be of 13th century date.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular and includes the standing

walls, the area within and an area extending 2m beyond the exterior

face of the walls, measuring a maximum of 18.5m E-W by 11.05m N-S, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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