Bridge of Allan Quoad Sacra Church hall

M080 Bridge of Allan Quoad Sacra Church hall

Address: Keir Street, Bridge of Allan FK9 4NW
Date: 1893–5
Client: Bridge of Allan Quoad Sacra Church
Authorship: Authorship category 3 (Office with Mackintosh) (Office with Mackintosh)

Church

Built in 1858–9 to a Gothic design by James Henderson of Glasgow, the church has a broad nave with three gables overlooking Fountain Road. In 1876 it was given a new entrance front by Robert Baldie, incorporating a steeple at the corner of Fountain Road and Keir Street. 1

Photograph of exerior of Bridge of Allan Parish Church

Hall

A linked hall incorporating a session house and single-storey church officer's dwelling was added on the W. by John Honeyman & Keppie in 1894–5. John Honeyman had moved to Bridge of Allan following his third marriage in 1884, and was a member of the church and one of its trustees. 2 He was engaged as architect by the hall committee, and it seems from the minutes that he was personally responsible for the project. 3 Nothing about the building suggests that Mackintosh was involved in its design, though he may have helped with the drawings submitted for approval to the Burgh Commissioners of Bridge of Allan. 4

The hall is a simple Gothic oblong with diagonal corner buttressess, built of stugged masonry with smooth ashlar dressings. Ballachulish slates were to have been used for the roof, but the original contractor could not supply them, and Messrs Nevin & Sons undertook to do the job with cheaper Aberfoyle slates instead. 5 The side windows are mullioned and transomed; those in the gables have Perpendicular tracery. Inside, the trusses of the open timber roof are cusped and rest on simple stone corbels.

Photograph of exterior of hall, Bridge of Allan Parish ChurchPhotograph of interior of hall, Bridge of Allan Parish Church

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Notes:

1: John Gifford, Frank Arneil Walker and Richard Fawcett, Buildings of Scotland: Stirling and Central Scotland, New Haven, CT, and London: Yale University Press, 2002, pp. 280–1.

2: David Stark, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., Catrine, Ayrshire: Stenlake Publishing, 2004, pp. 126–8.

3: Stirling Council Archives Service: Bridge of Allan Quoad Sacra church, Elders and Trustees minutes, CH2/730/18, 24 January 1893; 6 March 1893; 13 February 1894; 26 February 1894.

4: Stirling Council Archives Service: Bridge of Allan Dean of Guild plans, BA 2/2/14 KEI (13).

5: Stirling Council Archives Service: Bridge of Allan Quoad Sacra church, Elders and Trustees minutes, CH2/730/18, 20 September 1894.