Falkirk Methodist Church

NS 8876 8058

Grahamston Wesleyan Methodist Church


Methodism in the Falkirk area probably arose as a result of an influx of workers from England to the Carron Works.   By 1769 they worshipped in the Masonic Lodge, Silver Row.

1849:  Falkirk was the responsibility of Wallacestone Methodist Circuit. Three Falkirk foundry workers had to travel to Wallacestone and so the following year a Mr Bibb held meetings in his house in Grahams Road.

These meetings were successful and soon they rented a hall in Dalderse Avenue.  When this was demolished they returned to Bibb’s house, then a hall in Russell Street, and thence to one in Bank Street.

1861: Meetings at the Corn Exchange.

1862-5: Cistern Lane Chapel used for meetings.

1873: Building on the corner of Grahams Road and Dalderse Ave.

1874: Church in Church Street, Grahamston. Schoolroom.

1876: Noted in Wallacestone Circuit  Minutes of Meeting of Trustees that the Minister preach Morning and Afternoon at Wallacestone and at Falkirk at night.

1882: Population of Falkirk having risen to 18,000, Wallacestone Circuit Meeting of Trustees agreed that “Mr. Branley <Chairman of the Scotland District> be asked to look about for a suitable person to minister under the Superintendence of the Minister at Wallacestone, to the Church at Grahamstone”

1892: New church built in James Street, on the corner of Russel Street.  Eleven foundation stones laid June 1892 in the former orchard of the cottage belonging to a Mrs Drysdale.  Plans were submitted by Mr Black who estimated the cost at c£2,000.   However, the architect chosen for the job appears to have been James Strang.   The design was Gothic in style and included minister’s and manager’s vestries behind the church, which had two entrances and four exits.

1893: Old building in Church Street sold.

1895:  April, five foundation stones laid for a new hall to accommodate 500 people at an estimated cost of £800.

1935: With  Wallacestone and Stirling Methodist churches, part of Central Scotland Circuit.

1972: Union with Grahamston Parish Church and Grahams Road Church and Trinity Congregation to form Grahamston United (Ecumenical) Church.

1970s: James Street building demolished.


1894: Pulpit of pitch pine.


The centrepiece of one of the windows donated by Provost Griffiths.


1875: 120

1892: 400


Jun 1853 McCallum, Gilbert
April 1881 Taylor, Andrew Ross1882
CaineAug 1882
1882 Summerhill, A.JAug 1883
Watson, G. Evans
Cooking, JohnAug 1884
SharpSep 1885
Sep 1885 Taylor, Thomas
Hayton, GeorgeMay 1896
MeeMay 1899
Sep 1899 Heppell
JamiesonAug 1904
Sep 1804 Swithenbank, Seth
Watson, Evans GeorgeAug 1910
Sep 1910 Smith, SydneyAug 1913
Sep 1921 Mathewman, JohnAug 1924
Sep 1924 Hines, F LeonardAug 1927
Sep 1927 Thompson, J HartleyApr 1929
1930 Stocker, S.W.1931
May 1931 Mortimer, Harry1937
1937 Stewart, J.1944
1945 Kneen, E.G.1947
1948 Barker, J H J1950
1950 Peake, L.S.1955
1956 Corp, F.C.1962
1962 Harrison, W.1965
1966 Humble, F
1967 Foinette, Thomas J.1974
1975 Twiddy, David1980

Additional information from University of Manchester John Ryelands University Library

G.B. Bailey & J.M. Young (2019)