Bo’ness Episcopalian Church

Bo'ness Episcopalian Church
St Catherine’s Church looking south

(SMR 298)

 NS 9966 8150

NS 9991 8121

 

ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH

 

St Catharine was born in Siena, Italy, in 1347 and died in Rome in 1380 after many pious acts.

1864: Congregation formed by Rev J McLachlan the incumbent at St Paul’s Church, Armadale.  Shortly thereafter the mission was taken in hand by Christ Church, Falkirk and then the rector of St Mary’s Church, Dalmahoy.  From 1878 the Mission was worked by lay readers, with periodical visits from a clergyman.

1889: In 1888 Rev JGT Weir was licensed as curate-in-charge of the Bo’ness Mission, which consisted of 30 communicant members and a large number of adherents.  Services had been conducted in a small hut, but in 1889 the congregation purchased by public subscription the old Parish Church building at Corbiehall.  It was refurbished and accommodated 280 worshippers, as well as providing a hall for Sunday School.

1917:  Congregation raised from a cathedral mission to an independent mission and a constitution drawn up.

1919:  Church building sold and for the next two years the congregation worshipped in the auditorium at the Town Hall.

1921:  New church built in Cadzow Crescent, architects Dick Peddie and Walker Todd.

The building is in the Romanesque style with arched window and door heads composed of thin slabs of stone.   The church was built in such a way that  it could  easily  be  extended to the west,  unfortunately this now  gives  it  an unfinished appearance

The foundation stone lies in the north wall of the apse and was laid by Mr JR Anderson on 8 January 1921.  The church was dedicated by Rev George Henry Somerset Walpole, Bishop of Edinburgh, on 23 December of that year..

WINDOW

See separate entry for stained glass in Bo’ness.

MINISTERS OF BO’NESS EPISCOPALIAN CHURCH

  Mein, James  

Oct 1890

Weir, J.G.T Aug 1910

Aug 1910

Campbell, L S 1912

1912

Moore, F H Jun 1917

Jun 1917

Thomson, E J 1920

1920

Easter, S E 1924

Feb 1924

Snow, W S Jan 1931

1931

Stretch, J L 1939

1939

Jackson, A H 1943

1943

Robertson, J A L 1945

1945

Stratton, L V 1950

1950

Dover, O L S 1951

1952

Knott, G J 1952

1953

Lunn, W B 1957

1958

Richardson, J A 1964

1964

Lindsay, W B 1968