Avonbridge Associate Burger Church

NS 9104 7298

Avonbridge Church

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.

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.

MANSE

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.

FITTINGS

1889: Pulpit of stained yellow pine.  John Baird presented the communion plate.

BELL

1889: Gifted by the Sabbath school scholars.

WINDOWS

1889: Fitted with tinted cathedral glass by O’ May.

SITTINGS

1889: Seat 200 plus 60 in the gallery.

CHURCHYARD

None.

MINISTERS OF AVONBRIDGE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

          Nov 1804         Craig, John

              1803             Brown, John

                                   Dodds, Andrew

       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)