The Churches of Britain and Ireland
Auchinleck, Parish Church (CoS). © 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 Cresent. 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).
Dalmellington, the Parish Church (1846). Two additional views -
2. NS 4804 0609. The
Old Kirk (1766) on
Knowehead. After the new church was built, the old church was used as a
residence for some 40 years, before being converted into a parish hall
in 1888. It was re-built in 1938.
Another view. NS 4805
Link (a large pdf). The Old Kirk had been preceded by an earlier
church, but other than the fact that there is documentary evidence for
it in 1641, almost nothing is known about it. The
former Free Church,
now used by the 33rd Ayrshire Scouts Group. NS 4791 0586. All © Howard
Richter (2014). The town had two Catholic churches, both now
demolished. Our Lady of the Rosary was built in 1860 on Low Main Street
at about NS 4777 0585. The site can be seen
here, and the church was centred roughly where the white car is
standing. It shows on an old map
(you may need to zoom out with your mouse-wheel to see the map).
Link. St. Barbara's R.C. Church opened in 1961 on Gas Brae (since
re-named as Townhead), at about NS 4816 6058. A photo of it can be seen
It was demolished in 2003. Old map
and the site can be seen
Link. Howard advises of another church, shown on one of the current
O.S. maps at about NS 4805 0599, on the east side of Knowehead, between
the church and the Old Kirk. Can you advise what this is?
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).
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