Auchterarder Parish Church and hall

M229 Auchterarder Parish Church and hall

Address: 24, High Street, Auchterarder PH3 1DF
Date: 1903–5
Client: Presbytery of Auchterarder
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)
1900
John Honeyman & Keppie prepare a report on the condition of the existing Parish Church, which includes a contribution from Dr John Glaister, regius professor of forensic medicine and public health at the University of Glasgow. Neglect and decay are described. 1
19 December: The Presbytery of Auchterarder issues an order to 'erect a suitable church for the Parish of Auchterarder'. 2
1903
23 March: The Kirk Session approves a site for the new church and contact is made with Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh 'with a view of having a sketch plan prepared'. 3
1 July: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh pay 15 15s 0d for Dr Glaister's report. 4
29 July: Plans presented to the Presbytery by the Minister and Kirk Session are approved. 5
2 October: First hearing of an appeal brought to Perth Sheriff Court by the Heritors of the Parish of Auchterarder in a dispute with Presbytery of Auchterarder over the size of the new church and their contributions to its construction. Previously the Heritors agreed with the Presbytery that the plans approved on 29 July would be 'sufficient for the requirements of the Parish and that it would be expedient in the interests of all concerned to erect a Church of no larger size'. 6
24 November: On the appeal Sheriff Andrew Jameson rules that a church for 920 persons rather than 1400 – as previously desired by the heritors – should be built, and that the heritors are to contribute 4700 to construction. 7
1904
10 June: Earliest acceptance of contractor tenders. 8
23 July: Foundation stone laid by Mrs Reid of Auchterarder House. John Keppie attends the ceremony and presents Mrs Reid with a silver trowel to mark the occasion. 9
15 September: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh paid 150 for work at the church and hall. 10
1905
8 July: New church opens for worship. 11
10 August: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh paid a further 80.
15 September: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh paid 150 for work at the church and hall. 12
10 December: Latest payments to contractors. 13
1929
The Parish Church is renamed Barony Church. Additions and alterations to the church include heightening windows in the S.W. aisle, and the installation of electric light, an organ, and a marble floor in the chancel. 14
1935
Kitchen extension added to hall. 15
1983
Congregation merges with that of the neighbouring St Andrew's church. It is again known as the Parish Church. 16
2010
March: The new church community church centre opens. It is extends S.E. from the existing hall and includes a large multi-purpose hall, meeting rooms and kitchen. 17

Notes:

1: Donald W. MacKenzie, Milestones in the History of Auchterarder Church and Parish, privately printed pamphlet, 1976, p. 5; Glasgow Post Office Directory, 1900–1, p. 244.

2: Perth & Kinross Council Archives: Proposed Joint Minute between the Presbytery of Auchterarder in appeal before the Sheriff, 1903, MS162 Bundle 24, 23 November 1903.

3: Perth & Kinross Council Archives: Auchterarder Parish Church, Excerpt from Minutes, MS162 Bundle 24, 23 March 1903.

4: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 77.

5: Perth & Kinross Council Archives: Proposed Joint Minute between the Presbytery of Auchterarder in appeal before the Sheriff, 1903, MS162 Bundle 24, 23 November 1903.

6: 'Auchterarder Church Case. Decision in Appeal', Perth Courier, 24 November 1903, p. 3; Perth & Kinross Council Archives: Proposed Joint Minute between the Presbytery of Auchterarder in appeal before the Sheriff, 1903, MS162 Bundle 24, 23 November 1903.

7: 'Auchterarder Church Case. Decision in Appeal', Perth Courier, 24 November 1903, p. 3.

8: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, pp.17–18.

9: 'Auchterarder Parish Church. Laying of Foundation Stone', Perth Courier, 26 July 1904, p. 2.

10: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 86.

11: Donald W. MacKenzie, Milestones in the History of Auchterarder Church and Parish, privately printed pamphlet, 1976, p. 5.

12: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 93.

13: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53062, p.18.

14: Donald W. MacKenzie, Milestones in the History of Auchterarder Church and Parish, privately printed pamphlet, 1976, p. 6.

15: Donald W. MacKenzie, Milestones in the History of Auchterarder Church and Parish, self-published pamphlet, 1976, p. 6.

16: Donald W. MacKenzie, Milestones in the History of Auchterarder Church and Parish, privately printed pamphlet, 1976, p. 6.

17: Information supplied on visit on 28 May 2012.