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Teampull Pheadair,church,Swainbost

A Scheduled Monument in An Taobh Siar agus Nis, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.4912 / 58°29'28"N

Longitude: -6.2771 / 6°16'37"W

OS Eastings: 150853

OS Northings: 963830

OS Grid: NB508638

Mapcode National: GBR B6W8.X7F

Mapcode Global: WGY1N.KT4X

Entry Name: Teampull Pheadair,church,Swainbost

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5359

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Ecclesiastical: church

Location: Barvas

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: An Taobh Siar agus Nis

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a pre-Reformation church called Teampull Pheadair.

The ruin, situated within an old graveyard, is of a narrow oblong structure orientated E-W. Only the E-end portion of the church remains upstanding, namely the gable (height 3.5m approx), a 6m length of the N wall and the angle of the E gable and the S wall survive to any height. The remainder of the building survives as wall footings indicating an external measurement of 18m E-W by 6m N-S over walls 0.7m thick. The masonry consists of thin courses of random stone with pinnings which are interspersed with occasional rows of large boulders. Fine shingle mortar has been used. There is a single flat-headed slit window in the E gable. Above it are two log holes. Burial enclosures of 19th.C date have been built against the North and East walls. There are numerous burials within the church


The area to be scheduled is rectangular and measures a maximum of 22m E-W by 10m N-S as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is an example of a relatively substantial church of Medieval date, few of which are still upstanding in the Isles of Lewis and Harris. The church has the potential to contribute, through study and excavation, to our knowledge of the organisation and development of the Medieval church in North-Western Scotland

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 56 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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