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Castletown, Stangergill Bridge, Church

Church (Period Unassigned), Mess (20th Century)

Site Name Castletown, Stangergill Bridge, Church

Classification Church (Period Unassigned), Mess (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Officers' Mess

Canmore ID 224062

Site Number ND16NE 102

NGR ND 19697 67678

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Olrig
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND16NE 102 19697 67678

Church (NAT) (Disused)

OS 6" (Prov), 1960

Church used as an officers mess during World War II.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE), October 2001

Built of Caithness slabs, measuring approximately 14.3m x 13.90m internally with four windows in each of the side elevations and two at the N end, a slated roof with tower at W end. The tower formerly had a clock, but this has been removed. Internally a balcony with wooden panelling survives, but is in dangerous condition. The S end of the ground floor has been converted into offices.

The Church is notable for some surviving, though badly damaged WW II wall paintings. The paintings depict aircrew, individual WAAFs and a rural scene showing a milkmaid being disturbed by a bolting horse and cart with thatched cottage in the background. The roof of the Church is leaking badly and all the paintings show signs of water damage which includes the removal of the plaster down to the lathes.

In the NW corner of the church enclosure is a gable end and base for a Nissen hut.

Visited by RCAHMS (DE, SW), August 2000


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