Basic Site Details

Name: Ivy Place UP Church
Town, district or village: Stranraer
City or county: Wigtownshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Stranraer, N.B.—The new United Presbyterian Church was opened on Wednesday week. It has been rebuilt on the site of one erected in 1840 in London-road, of the plain square box type then in vogue. The new building is designed in Late Decorated style. The walls are of dark blue dressed whinstone, with hewn work of a cream-white stone from Prudham Quarry, Northumberland. The roofs are covered with sea-green slates, finished with red-ridge tiles, and the roof of the stair-turret is covered with dark red tiles. The main gable faces the street, the principal entrance being in the centre by a wide double doorway, with moulded arch, and tympanum filled with sunk panelling. On each side are mullioned windows. Over the main entrance is a five-light window, the upper part filled with rich tracery; and in the upper part of the gable is a moulded niche over a carved corbel. On the western side of the main gable the gallery staircase is carried up in an octagonal tower, ending in a steep conical roof covered with red tiles. The hall and other rooms form an angle to the south and west of the church, and are similar in architectural treatment. The church is divided into nave and side aisles by stone piers and arches, the piers also carrying the galleries, which are placed behind them at the sides, and supported on steel girders. The roof construction is exposed and of dressed timber, the ceilings all wood lined, and pulpit recess is formed at south end of church with
stone columns and a moulded arch over it, and the upper part has a traceried three-light window. Sittings are provided for 530 persons; the hall seats about 300, while the session house can also be opened into it when required. There are also provided ladies' room, vestry, kitchen, and heating-room, with cloakroom and lavatory accommodation. The gas-lighting is by coronae suspended from the ceiling and brackets on the lower side walls, all designed in hammered iron and copper. The church has been fortunate in gifts of stained-glass windows. The pulpit window has been designed and executed by Messrs Stephen Adam and Son, Glasgow: the large five-light window by Mr. Joseph Miller, Glasgow ; while a four-light memorial window is from the same studio. The total cost of the church, exclusive of the gifts mentioned, will be about £4,000. The architect is Mr John B Wilson, ARIBA. and IA.,Glasgow, and the work has been executed under his supervision. [Building News 25 March 1898 p435]

Cost about £4,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Andrew's ChurchYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1London RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218961898  
Item 2 of 216 March 1898  Church opened


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1John Bennie WilsonArchitect 18961898 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1897   320
Item 2 of 2Small, Robert1904History of the Congregations of the United Presbyterian Church from 1733 to 1900 Edinburgh: Riverside Pressp6

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder21 November 1896LXXI  
Item 2 of 2Building News25 March 1898  p435

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register45238