MHG7175 - Ardclach Bell Tower


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Type and Period (3)

  • BELL TOWER (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • PRISON (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • WATCH TOWER (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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Full Description

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.

The building was listed at Category A in 1971.

The building was Scheduled by Historic Scotland in 1995.

The site was reviewed by Historic Scotland in 2017 as part of the Dual Designation Project. The site was not visited and it was recommended that the site be descheduled but that it remain listed. <1>

The building was descheduled in 2017. <2>

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 according to OS MasterMap. <3>

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

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Grid reference Centred NH 9538 4533 (9m by 9m)
Map sheet NH94NE
Civil Parish ARDCLACH
Geographical Area NAIRN

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