AVONBRIDGE ASSOCIATE BURGHER CHURCH
NS 9104 7298
1803 Avonbridge Associate Burgher Church 1820
1820 Avonbridge United Associate Congregation
Avonbridge United Secession Church 1847
1847 Avonbridge United Presbyterian Church 1900
1900 Avonbridge United Free Church 1929
1929 Avonbridge Church of Scotland Present
Although actually located in the old parish of Muiravonside this is included here with the other congregation of Avonbridge.
1803: Avonbridge congregation join the Associate Burgher Synod. Meetings held in a barn and then a tent placed in a little yard east of Wester Strath farm. A building was erected the following year at the junction of the Falkirk and Standburn roads.
1815: Galleries erected to bring the seating capacity to 308.
1889: On 11th September 1899 the foundation stone of a new church building was laid on the site of the old church which had been demolished. The church was opened in March 1890. It is Gothic in style, designed by Messrs A and W Black, Falkirk and built by Robert Drysdale, mason, Bo'ness. It measures 68ft by 31ft, with the west gable fronting the Falkirk Road. This gable is crowned by a belfry and pierced by a circular window and two double-light windows. This is complimented by placing an entrance porch on the west end of the south wall. Both side walls have high pointed windows. From the vestibule, which contains a memorial tablet commemorating the first two ministers taken from the old church, there are two doors leading to the area of the nave while others lead to the gallery at the west end. There is a commodious choir platform and three rows of pews.
To the east of the church a hall was built at the same time, sufficient to accommodate 75 people and the minister's vestry and conveniences. The total cost was c£1,500.
Missions were launched at Crossroads (1889) and Standburn (1890-1972, transferred to Presbytery 1900-1906, later to Muiravonside).
1970: Ministry linked with Torphichen.
1805: Built on Blackston Road, date stone on chimney stack.
1867: Manse repaired.
1909: New manse built at Strathview (NS 909 731).
1970: Manse sold when link with Torphichen made it surplus to requirements.
1889: Pulpit of stained yellow pine. John Baird presented the communion plate.
1889: Gifted by the Sabbath school scholars.
1889: Fitted with tinted cathedral glass by O' May.
1889: Seat 200 plus 60 in the gallery.
MINISTERS OF AVONBRIDGE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
Nov 1804 Craig, John
1803 Brown, John
Oct 1876 McMillan, Hugh Logan Mar 1883
Sep 1883 Robertson, John Lindsay Apr 1894
Oct 1894 Rouse, James Bannatyne Glass Jan 1904
Aug 1904 Garvie, James Beatson Mar 1922
Jun 1922 Linkie, Thomas Muir Feb 1927
May 1927 Gray, William
Dec 1970 Crichton, Thomas
Geoff B. Bailey, 2016
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