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Lewis, Ness, Teampull Pheadair

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lewis, Ness, Teampull Pheadair

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned), Church (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 4434

Site Number NB56SW 2

NGR NB 50850 63830

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Barvas
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB56SW 2 50850 63830

(NB 508 638) Teampull Pheadair (NR) (In Ruins)

The Object Name Book describes the church as 'The ruins of a church situated on the margin of the Amhuinn Shuainaboist. Attached to it is a grave-yard which is the only one in the district of Ness. Three of its walls are still standing, but the fourth has partly fallen in. Formerly it was the parish Church of Ness and became a ruin in 1829. It is said to have been built in 1756; and to have derived its name from its first pastor; but when first erected is unkown'..

Name Book 1852

The church of 'St Peter in Shanabost' (M Martin 1934) or Teampull Pheadair (RCAHMS 1928) was 63ft long (D MacGibbon and T Ross 1896-7). The remains are those of a rectangular building oriented E by S and W

by N. The greater part of the western gable is all that remains, the wall being 3ft thick. 'About the height of the wall head is a scarcement of 4 or 5ins in width, and two putlog holes appear in the gable above. In the centre is a widely splayed window 3ft 4ins high and 6ins broad outside ...'.(RCAHMS 1928)

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1896-7; RCAHMS 1928; M Martin 1934.

Teampull Pheadair, at NB 5084 6382, survives as a rectangular hollow oriented E-W, choked with vegetation and bounded by the greater part of the east gable (not the west, as described by the Commission), c. 5.0m of the N wall, and the footings of most of the south wall.

It measures 19.0m by 6.0m externally, with walls 0.8m thick. Two late grave enclosures are built against the east gable and the surviving part of the north wall.

The burial ground is still in occasional use.

Revised at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (R L) 13 June 1969.

This chapel site was included in a research project to identify the chapel sites of Lewis and surrounding islands. The Lewis Coastal Chapel-sites survey recorded 37 such sites. This chapel and burial ground was surveyed in detail.

R Barrowman 2005 (RCAHMS MS2384)

R Barrowman and J Hooper 2006 (RCAHMS MS 2626)


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