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Cockburnspath Parish Church

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    N/A
  • Canmore ID
    58855
  • Site type
    CHURCH, SUNDIAL, WAR MEMORIAL (20TH CENTURY)
  • Parish
    COCKBURNSPATH
  • Council
    BERWICKSHIRE
  • NGR
    NT 77445 71053
  • Latitude, longitude
    55.932008N, 2.362577W
  • Archeological notes
    NT77SE 16.00 77445 71053 NT77SE 16.01 NT 77445 71028 Churchyard (NT 7745 7105) Cockburnspath parish church is a simple oblong on plan, measuring some 80ft by 18ft 3 ins over walls averaging 3ft in thickness, and having a diagonal buttress at each angle. The details indicate that a church existed on the present site in the 14th and 15th centuries; this probably succeeded a still earlier building. A round tower, some 9ft internal diameter, is situated in the centre of the 14th century W gable; it was added in the late 16th or early 17th century. A small tomb-house, roofed with a pointed barrel vault, abuts against the E wall of the church, and is now used as a heating chamber. It is dated 1614. Before the Reformation, Cockburnspath was a chapelry of Oldhamstocks. The chaplain of 'Colbrundspath' is mentioned in 1255, but whether his chapel occupied the present site is not known. RCAHMS 1915; D MacGibbon and T Ross 1897; H Scott (Fasti Eccles) 1915; G Hay 1957 As described and illustrated by the previous authorities. The church is still in use for public worship. Visited by OS (WDJ), 5 April 1966. The church was extensively restored in the 19th century and its original date of construction is uncertain; the building is unlikely to be later in date than the 16th century. RCAHMS 1980, visited 1979.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 58855 (9/1/1926)
    View from SW.
  • 58855 (1970)
    General view of church and churchyard, Cockburnspath .
  • 58855 (1970)
    View of headstone with anvil, pincers and hammers, Cockburnspath Churchyard
  • 58855 (5/1981)
    View of the sundial and tower at Cocksburn Church.
  • 58855 ()
    View from SW.
  • 58855 ()
    From SE.
  • 58855 ()
    Distant view from South.
  • 58855 ()
    Detail of headstone.
  • 58855 ()
    Detail of headstone.
  • 58855 ()
    Detail of headstone.
  • 58855 (1915)
    View of N tower, Cockburnspath Parish Church.
  • 58855 ()
    General view
  • 58855 ()
    General view
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from SW.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from SW.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from SE.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from S.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    Detail of tower.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from E.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from NE.
  • 58855 (6/1962)
    View from SW.

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 1356673 ()
    General view of church and churchyard, Cockburnspath .
  • 1356672 ()
    View of headstone with anvil, pincers and hammers, Cockburnspath Churchyard
  • 1309158 ()
    Distant view from South.
  • 1172956 (1915)
    View of N tower, Cockburnspath Parish Church.
  • 948451 (6/1962)
    Scanned image of view from SW.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 58855 ()
    Folder of photographs and research notes on Berwickshire gravestones.
  • 58855 (1984)
    1 sheet: photograph of the sundial and tower at Cocksburnpath Church, reference and note. 2 sheets: photocopied extract from MacGibbon and Ross V, 382 - 3, relating to the sundials on the churches at Cockburnspath and Oldhamstocks.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1033549 (4/4/2006)
    General oblique aerial view of the village, centred on the church, burial-ground and churchyard with the hotel and stable adjacent, taken from the NE.
  • 1033548 (4/4/2006)
    General oblique aerial view of the village, centred on the church, burial-ground and churchyard with the hotel and stable adjacent, taken from the SE.

PRINT ROOM

  • 58855 (1930)
    View of Cockburnspath Church.
  • 58855 (1934)
    Postcard view from SW.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Haddingtonshire, Sheet 121853
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Berwickshire, Sheet I1855

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Berwick, Sheet 001.141855