The Churches of Britain and Ireland
Auchinleck, Parish Church (CoS, 1843). © James Murray (2009). Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Patrick (R.C., 1963) on Sorn Road. NS 5505 2251. © Howard Richter (2014). Link1. Link2. The former Peden Church of Scotland (1951-1983) on Back Rogerton Crescent. NS 554 222. © Howard Richter (2014). Link. The Mission Hall (1901) on Park Road is currently the meeting place for Auchinleck Christian Fellowship. Another view. According to this link it was built as a Gospel Hall for the Plymouth Brethren, but as Howard points out, OS maps never show it as Gospel Hall, only ever Mission Hall. Can you confirm that the Brethren association is correct? NS 5506 2185. © Howard Richter (2014). Link. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses (2009) on Main Street. Another view. There was a previous Kingdom Hall on the same plot of land, which had been converted from terraced housing, and demolished following a fire. A photo is available here. Comparison with this Streetview, it can be seen that the replacement building is set much further back than the original houses. NS 5516 2175. Both © Howard Richter (2014). The former Parish Kirk (1683) which was succeeded by the present church in 1843. Even at this date, the church was already roofless, but it was repaired by 1978, after which it served as the Boswell Museum (now closed). Two additional views - 1, 2. NS 5514 2153. All © Howard Richter (2014). Link, which speculates that it might also be the site of an earlier parish church, whose first documentary mention is in 1238. Video tour. The former Original Secession Church is much hemmed in by other buildings. It is named as such on a map of 1857-1887 vintage. Streetview suggests that it is (or has been) in commercial use. Howard believes that this may previously have been an Associate Synod church, mentioned in a book of 1846. NS 5520 2165. © Howard Richter (2014).
Bellsbank - see Dalmellington (Lamloch and Bellsbank).
Fenwick, the Parish Kirk. Originally dating from 1643, the church was largely destroyed in a fire in 1929, caused by the church boiler emitting sparks. Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, and an unusual feature - the sentry box, to discourage the "resurrection men"! Plaques in the churchyard explain the church's connections with the Covenanters, and weavers - 1, 2, 3. NS 465 435. Link1, see also the history page here. Link2. The former United Free Church (1843), now in use as the village hall. The 1896 map shows it as "Free Church", the 1910 as "U.F. Church" and the 1965 as "John Fulton Memorial Hall". Following the closure of the church (date so far not known), it re-opened as the Memorial Hall in 1920. Interior view. Two plaques provide a little history - 1, 2. For the orrery mentioned on them, see here. NS 4633 4363. Link. The site of the United Secession Church. NS 4631 4337. A plaque gives a little history, and what may be presumed to be an illustration of the church. The church was built between 1820 and 1846 (evidence from the plaque), and maps tell us that it was United Presbyterian "U. P. Church" in 1896, United Free "U.F. Church" in 1897, and that it had been demolished and replaced by a police station by 1958. Maps also show that the church was closer to the road than the present-day bungalow. All © Howard Richter (2014).
Galston, Parish Church (CoS). Another view. An 1809 build on an ancient site, according to here. NS 500 367. Grade B listed. St. Sophia (R.C., 1885-6) on Bentinck Street clearly echoes the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Another view. NS 503 365. Link1. Link2. Grade A listed. The former United Presbyterian Church on Wallace Street at NS 5014 3650. The date of closure is at present not known, but it seems to have still been active in 1986, when it shows as Church on the OS map of that year. Grade B listed which says it was a re-build in 1859, and indeed the 1857 OS map shows a smaller building on the site. All © Martin Richter (2013). Gospel Hall on Glebedykes. NS 5000 3653. © Howard Richter (2014). Mission Hall. NS 4981 3679. © Howard Richter (2014).
Hurlford, Church of Scotland, built as a Free Church in 1857. Another view. NS 4541 3708. Link1. Link2. Grade C(S) listed, which says that the organ is a particularly fine instrument. The former Hurlford Kirk (1875) on Main Road. The congregation merged with that of the Free Church in 1996, whereupon this church closed. Two additional views - 1, 2. Grade B listed. NS 4525 3718. St. Paul (R.C.) on Galston Road. Another view. A school in 1896 and 1910 (from old maps), This link says the building dates from the 1850's, but this one says 1883. The Scottish Catholic Archives website holds registers from 1883. NS 4580 3695. The former United Presbyterian Church (1897-8) on Mauchline Road, now converted to residential use. From map evidence, it was built after 1896, and before 1910,when it shows as United Free. This source quotes Hansard (1948), from which "has been derelict for 16 years". It also says that it was in use as a hostel during WWII. What other use was made of it between 1932 and 2007 is at present unclear. NS 4554 3665. All © Martin Richter (2013).
Mauchline, Parish Church (CoS).
Opened in 1829, it replaced an older church demolished in 1827. © James Murray (2009).
The former Mission Hall.
The church board is beside the downspout at the left of the building -
"Mission Hall" can still just be made out. Two further views -
2. NS 4998 2726. All ©
Howard Richter (2014). A United Presbyterian
Church stood on The Knowe, at NS 4972 2736. The
site is now occupied by a
bungalow (the building on the left of the photo). O.S. maps show it as
U.P. Church in 1896, Mauchline North Church in 1959 and
1972. Another view. In the
old photo of the church, linked to at the end of this entry, the house
immediately to the right of the church is still standing, see
here. All © Howard Richter
(2014). A photo of the church is available
Ochiltree, Parish Church, on Main Street. 1798, re-built in 1897-8. Another view. NS 5055 2110. Grade B listed. Based on map evidence, a Free Church stood at NS 5065 2105 before 1858, and was still extant in 1959 (although probably out of use by then). The site is now a small park. Two further views - 1, 2. All © Howard Richter (2014).
Pathhead, the former Gospel
Hall. NS 6194 1437.
© Howard Richter
Sorn, the parish
church. © Martin Briscoe.
Waterside, the former Parish Church (CoS) now converted to residential use. NS 4362 0881. St. Francis Xavier (R.C.). Two additional views - 1, 2. A convent (demolished) stood on what is now the car park. NS 4452 0807. All © Howard Richter (2014).
17 February 2018
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