St Helen’s United Free Church


St. Helen’s United Free ChurchSMR 224NS 8308 7935


1924    St. Helens United Free Church          1929

1929    St. Helens Church of Scotland

1897, Oct:   Church missionary appointed to serve the increasing population in High Bonnybridge.  Meetings held in Griffiths Hall.

1904: Mission church established in High Bonnybridge.

1908: Dennyloanhead U.F.  Church built a Mission Church on land north of Church Street (opposite the site of the later church) on land gifted by James Ander­son, Myrtle Cottage.  Opened 14th August 1909 for a cost of £420.

1914:  Church raised to status of Preaching Station.

1924: Church raised to full status.

1928: Site for a new church bought for £160.

1934:  New church built on the south side of Church Street and the old building converted into the church hall.   Dedicated on 26th October 1934.  The exterior stone came from Braehead Quarry with Dover ashlar at the base and rough-faced rubble above.  The style is Scottish Romanesque with a tower of severe Scottish type.  The architect was probably Bertie Wilson.  Cost £6174.  Named St. Helens after the pre-Reformation chapel.   Above the doorway inside the porch appears the inscription “ECCLESIA/ SANCTAE HELENAE/ 1528 + 1934”.

1950: Services started in Seabegs Hall, Roman Road.

1963: May 1st Linked with Dennyloanhead.

199?  Closed and congregation amalgamated with Bonnybridge Parish Church.


1924: Built at an estimated cost of £1145.

1960s: Sold.


1934: Gifted by Mr & Mrs Anderson, Dennyloanhead.


1908: 220.

1934: 522.


Oct 1897 Ralston 
1902 Anderson, WilliamOct 1908
May 1909 Gemmell, StephenApr 1912
Jul 1912 Swan, John 
Oct 1914 Swan, JohnSep 1917
Feb 1918 Webster, Robert1921
1921 Miller, Thomas 
Jan 1924 Miller, ThomasDec 1942
May 1943 Malcolmson, James SamuelNov 1962
1978 Watson, John 

G.B. Bailey (2019)