NS3875 : Notre Dame Roman Catholic Chapel

taken 7 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Notre Dame Roman Catholic Chapel
Notre Dame Roman Catholic Chapel
This building was the NS3875 : Chapel of Notre Dame Convent Dumbarton; see that item, as well as NS3875 : Chapel of the Sisters of Notre Dame, for further information, and for additional views.

The chapel stands at the top of a crag, above NS3875 : Havoc Hole. For further information on the chapel and the now-demolished convent (which was adjacent to the chapel, on the ENE side), see their listed building report: LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland).

The southern side of the building is shown to better effect at the second of the links in the first paragraph. Above the bricked-up doorway on that side of the building is a sculpted tympanum with a Latin inscription: NS3875 : Plaque on South wall of the Chapel. Above it is a statue: NS3875 : Statue on south wall of Chapel.

For the northern side of the chapel, see NS3875 : North facing windows of the Chapel. For a view of the building as a whole from a different angle, see NS3875 : Ruined chapel in Dumbarton (my own picture was, by chance, taken on the following day).

At the time of the first-edition OS map (surveyed in 1860), Clarkhill House stood nearby, at NS38157557 (about 40m to the ENE of the spot where the chapel would later be built); it therefore stood at more or less the spot from which NS3875 : Ruined chapel in Dumbarton was taken. Its name corresponds to the "Clerkhil" of the Pont/Blaeu map, which was based on surveys in the 1580s-90s; for this and other old names in the area, see NS3776 : Hawthornhill Road.

In 1912, Notre Dame School appeared, immediately to the north and east of Clarkhill House (which was then still standing). By the 1920s, Clarkhill House was gone; the Notre Dame convent had, by then, been built on the same site. The chapel was a slightly later addition; it appeared in the mid-1930s.

Notre Dame School, which was immediately to the north of the convent, would expand considerably over the next few decades, being rebuilt in 1969; its buildings were demolished after that school merged with another in 1990: see NS3875 : Cunninghame Graham Memorial Park.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 March, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 1 April, 2011
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Former (from Tags)
Period (from Tags)
20th Century 
Architect (from Tags)
Reginald Francis Joseph Fairlie 
Chapel (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3811 7556 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.7437N 4:35.6357W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3813 7554
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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