Aberdeenshire HER - NJ62NW0015 - ST DROSTAN'S CHURCH, INSCH

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Primary ReferenceNJ62NW0015
NRHE Card No.NJ62NW20
NRHE Numlink 18140
HES SM No. 3004
HES LB No. 9065
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Incomplete
Details The remains of Insch Old Church, also known as St Drostan's, stand in a graveyard at the east end of the market town of Insch. A church here was gifted to Lindores Abbey in the late 12th century and a number of rebuilds on the site have occurred. The latest church was built in the 18th century and repaired in the 1790s. However, it was declared unsafe in 1830 and a new church was built to replace it in the 1880s. The dated bellcote comes from an earlier church and was obviously re-used in a newer building. Only the west gable of the church survives. It was built in granite rubble and has been re-pointed fairly recently. There is a central rectangular doorway with ashlar surrounds on the west face. On the apex of the gable is a substantial rubble base, upon which is built the 17th century bellcote. It has an ashlar base and the bellcote itself is elaborate, with fine ashlar stonework incorporating carved uprights and finials, dog-tooth detailing and scroll moulding. In the graveyard, together with a 1600 gravestone, is the Radulfus stone, a Medieval tombstone. It probably commemorates Radulfus, chaplain of the Bishop of Aberdeen, between 1172 and 1194. Stone is simple rectangular stone with a deeply incised single line inscription and a cross in a circle on bottom left. A badly eroded half of a figure statue lies beside tombstone. The churchyard is a rubble walled enclosure, built of pinned rubble with gatepiers to the street.
Last Update30/08/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
Date of Compilation13/09/1984

Easting: 363358.565932542, Northing: 828136.233559874

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National Grid Reference: NJ 6335 2813

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Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
00 RADULFUS STONE Stray Find Personal Possession  


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