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ID:MHG7175
Type of record:Building
Name:Ardclach Bell Tower
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Grid Reference:NH 9538 4533
Map Sheet:NH94NE
Civil Parish:ARDCLACH
Geographical Area:NAIRN

Monument Types

Protected Status:Listed Building (A) 551: Ardclach Bell Tower; Scheduled Monument 90020: Ardclach Bell Tower

Scores

  • Survival: ROOFED BUILDING (undated)

Other References/Statuses

  • Guardianship Monument
  • Historic Environment Record: MHG7175
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 15482
  • NMRS Record Details: NH94NE1 ARDCLACH BELL TOWER
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NH94NE0001

Full description

See also:
NH94NE0033 Graveyard
NH94NE0003 Old Church
NH94NE0005 Present Church
JHooper, 13/12/2001

NH94NE 1 9538 4533.

(NH 9538 4533) Belfry (NAT). OS 6"map, (1960)

A detached tower, two storeys high and gabled, with a chimney on one gable and a belfry on the other. It is 14' square and bears the date 1655.
Built in restless country, its primary function was that of watch tower and local prison. When the parish kirk was built in a hollow below the knoll (NH94NE 3: Built 1626 rebuilt 1762), permission was obtained to erect the kirk belfry on the tower. (G Hay 1932)
Ritchie maintains that the tower was built 'long before' 1655, in which case that might be the date of the addition of the belfry. It is said to have been last used as a prison in 1676.
D MacGibbon and T Ross 1892; G Hay 1957; J B Ritchie 1932.

Harled and well-maintained, the tower is locally known and sign-posted as 'Ardclach Bell tower'.
Visited by OS (R D) 23 August 1965.


Bell Tower, Ardclach. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13306.


Bell Tower, Ardclach. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG13307.


MacGibbon, D and Ross, T, 1887-92, The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, Vol. 5, 218 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2442.


Ritchie, J B, 1932, The Pageant of Morayland, 163-7 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2711.


Hay, G, 1957, The architecture of Scottish post-Reformation churches, 1560-1843, 173 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2307.


RCAHMS, 1978, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Nairn District, Highland Region, 16, No. 114 (Text/Report). SHG2672.


Love J, McMullen E (ed), 1994, A Salmon for the Schoolhouse, A Nairnshire Parish in the C19 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2425.


Taylor, A, 2007-9, Photographs of various HER sites by Andrew Taylor (CD 1) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG24382.


Puls, A, 2015, Photographic Survey - Ardclach Bell Tower (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG26912.

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