Dunfermline, Fife

  • Abbot Hall

    Christians have been meeting at this site in Wilson’s Close, which is on the north side of Maygate, since 1914. Only the western elevation of the building is visible as it is surrounded by other premises. The congregation is evange...

    General view of west elevation
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  • Abbots House

    This is a fifteenth century building.   It is to the north of the Abbey.   It was the sole domestic survivor of a great fire in Dunfermline in 1624.   It has had many uses, including being a private mansion,...

  • Apostolic Church

    It has been recorded that an Apostolic Church once stood on the southern side of Pittencrief Street near the junction with Bridge Street.   This church has now been demolished and late twentieth century private housing now...

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  • Baptist Church

    This church was built at a cross roads in central Dunfermline with three hundred and ten sittings in 1834. In 1841 the congregation split; those adhering to Scottish Baptist principals remained at this church whilst those adopting English B...

  • Brucefield Church

    This corrugated iron church was  adjacent to the current St. Leonard's Parish Church (site  4683). This "tin kirk" preceded the St. Leonard's church, which was built in 1902-4 using a bequest from William McLaren, a Dunfermline...

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  • Buffie's Brae Chapel

    This congregation formed in 1948 when they split from the Chapel Street church (site no.10620), with whom they reunited in 1962. Initally the congregation met at the Masonic Hall in Priory Lane, Dunfermline. Thereafter, they met for a sh...

    Probable site of chapel
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  • Canmore Street Church

    The Old Licht faction of the Burgher Church was established in 1798 and the Old Licht congregation in Dunfermline established a church on Canmore Street in the following year.   It later became a Church of Scotland quoad sacra ...

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  • Chapel Kirk

    After the death of the Rev. Thomas Gillespie in 1774 (Gillespie had played a key role in founding the Relief Church) part of his congregation campaigned for ministerial and Christian communion within the established church. After five yea...

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  • Chapel of St Margaret

    After the death of Queen Margaret in 1093 and her subsequent canonization in 1251 a chapel was built to the east of the original chancel of the Abbey to house her remains.    The bodies of the Queen and her husband, Malcol...

  • Church of Christ


    This Church of Christ was formerly a Church of Scotland Mission Hall, at the western end of Pittencrieff Street, set back from the road behind a restaurant. The building is a...

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  • Conventual Buildings

    There was a medieval monastery on this site.

  • View of principal (north east) elevation
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  • Dunfermline Abbey

    The Benedictine Abbey in Dunfermline had its origins in the foundation c. 1070 by Queen Margaret, wife of King Malcolm III, of a monastery dedicated to the Hoy Trinity.   It is assumed by several authorities that the church to ...

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  • Dunfermline Abbey, Nether Yett


    From fieldnotes (R. McEwan): This is one of two surviving portions of the original Abbey wall. The other portion can be seen at NGR 0918-8735 in Canmore Street.

  • Dunfermline Catholic Apostolic Congregation

    The New Statistical Account (1844-5) mentions that a Catholic Apostolic congregation at Dunfermline, founded in 1835, used to meet in rooms on Horsemarket Street. The account lists their membership at approximately 40.


  • Dunfermline Spiritualist Church


    This church is in a row of mid-late nineteenth century terraced houses, at the western end of a narrow lane which is inaccessible to vehicles. The church occupies the ground floor of a former stone built...

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  • East Church

    A new Church of Scotland congregation in east Dunfermline, established in 2003 to serve the new housing communities around the Dulock area. Prior to 2012 there was no fixed meeting place for the congregation, and they were forced to util...

    General view of church
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  • East Port Almshouse (site of)

    The site of a former almshouse near Dunfermline’s east port, historically documented but without any visible standing remains.

  • Erskine Parish Church

    This rectangular plan church (as seen on 1967 OS map sheet NT 08 NE) was first proposed in 1939 but was not completed until 1952, presumably due to the outbreak of World War II. The church has now been demolished and the Headwell Communi...

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  • Fellowship of Christ

    This harled and whitewashed church was built in 1936 in the grounds of a villa (Woodhead Cottage c. 1830). An 1894 map shows the landscaped grounds of the villa at the front (west) of the site; it was on these grounds that the church was...

    View from west
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  • Former Salvation Army

    This building was formerly the Salvation Army citadel in Dunfermline in which the Salvation Army met for one hundred and fifty years, before moving to their current building in Pilmuir Street in 1952 (site 6503).   This buildin...

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  • Former Vine Fellowship

    The former meeting place of the Vine Fellowship in Dunfermline, on the corner of Bruce Street and Winterthur Lane was originally a Linen Mill, but the buildngs are currently owned by Thomson’s World of Furniture.

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  • Free Abbey Church

    After the Disruption (1843) the Free Church congregation in Dunfermline purchased the chapel of ease on Canmore Street (originally a Burgher church, site no. 10599). This building was immediately demolished and replaced by the Abbey and Can...

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  • Gillespie Centre (Former Church)

    This Church of Christ building was constructed to the south of Gillespie Memorial Church in December 1891. It was later acquired by the Gillespie Memorial Church and was renamed the Gillespie Centre.

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  • Gillespie Memorial Church

    Before the present church building was constructed there was a Relief Church on this site (site 10617), built in 1775.   By 1847 it had become dilapidated and was demolished to make way for a new building.   While the...

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  • Headwell Community Church

    This church is in a residential area on the northern side of Dunfermline.   It is on the site of the now demolished Erskine Parish Church (site 10681).   It has a central octagonal bay and an additional L-plan bay sur...

    General view of building
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  • HMS Cochrane Chapel

    A former chapel for the Royal Navy, in Rosyth RN Dockyards.

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

    The congregation of this church originally worshiped in a church on Pilmuir Street (originally Bath Street, site no. 10602). Due to an increase in the size of the congregation a larger building was required, which resulted in the constru...

    View from north east
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  • King's Cellar

    Said to be the oldest building in Limekilns, and at one time used as a chapel.

  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses

    This building is on the eastern side of Dunfermline on the edge of the Touch housing estate, on a grass covered mound beside a main road with a car parking area to the west.

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  • Kingseat Parish Church

    This church is situated in the centre of Kingseat, a small village to the north west of Dunfermline.    Iron railings separate the small garden at the front (south) of the site from the road.

    General view of church from south west
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  • Liberty Church, Pitcorthie School

    The Liberty Church meet here in Pitcorthie Primary School on Aberdour Road, which was built in the 1950s. They previously worshipped in Priory Lane (site no. 10430). The church have their offices in Dickson Court.

    General view of building
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  • Limekilns Parish Church

     The Church and Manse are built on a geological feature known as The Upper Raised Beach, a bed of very firm sand originally deposited in primeval times.   The present Limekilns Parish church was reconstructed in 1826, from...

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  • Link Church

    This rectangular plan building with hipped roof was constructed as a Masonic Lodge in 1913 by Crawford & Fraser Architects' practice. The principal (north) elevation is in the classical style. A narrow path runs down the east side of...

    View of the principal elevation from north east
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  • Masonic Lodge

    The first Masonic lodge in the town was built in at Millport in 1762. Two subsequent lodges were then built, in Bridge Street and Maygate. The Maygate lodge was used by several different congregations in the nineteenth century and was later...

  • Masonic Lodge

    The Baptist Church is known to have met in a Masonic Lodge in Bridge Street from 1810, and may have been the first Baptists in Dunfermline. The exact location of the Lodge is not known, and the co-ordinates given show an approximate locatio...

    Probable site of lodge
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  • Masonic Lodge (former church)


    Situated near the centre of the town, this church was built in 1861-2 to replace an earlier United Presbyterian church on the same site (formerly an Antiburgher church, see site no. 10598). The church ch...

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  • Maygate Baptist Chapel

    This church was built by a Methodist congregation in 1815-16 on a site directly north of Dunfermline Abbey.   Whilst the congregation, which had formed in 1814, were waiting for their permanent place of worship to be built they...

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  • Methodist Church

    See site 6453


  • Mission Hall

    This school was built in 1816-17 to replace an earlier school, built in 1625. which was slightly to the south of the 1817 school, on the site now occupied by the Post Office.   The old school building was located almost directl...

  • New Abbey Parish Kirk

    A Benedictine monastery and church founded by Queen Margaret of Scotland c. 1090 was established with abbey status by King David I of Scotland in 1128.    After the Reformation of the 1560s the east chancel end of the orig...

    Southern elevation
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  • New Life Community Church

    This Church of Scotland mission hall, known as St Margaret's Mission Hall,  was built in the latter half of the nineteenth century on a small plot of land which slopes gently downwards to the south, set slightly back from, and lower...

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  • North Congregational Church

    This church was built in 1842 in the centre of Dunfermline, almost directly opposite the St. Andrew's Erskine Church (site no. 4684). In 1891 the Episcopal congregation moved to a new church at Viewfield (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, s...

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  • North Inglis Street Music Hall

    The congregation who met in the Music Hall in North Inglis Street were English Baptists who had formed in 1841. They had broken away from the James Street Baptist congregation (site no. 10619). It is not known for how long they worshipped...

  • North Parish Church

    Originally built as a chapel of ease in 1840, this church is on the northern side of the town at the top of a slope which rises up from the south. The location of the church with its prominent bellcote and spire on the principal (south) ...

    General view of church
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  • Our Lady of Lourdes

    This church was built in 1966 as a chapel of ease to accommodate the growing population living in this area of the town.   It is beside a main road in a tarmac precinct which  is fronted by stepped coped walls topped with ...

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  • Perdieus Mound Site

    A large earthen mound, to the south of Netherton and near the confluence of the Lyne and Tower burns. The original purpose and nature of the site is contested, but it may have been a site of pilgrimage and penance. This is reinforce...

  • Pitreavie Castle Chapel


    Pitreavie Castle was built c.1630 for Sir Henry Wardlaw of Balmule, who had acquired the lands in 1608.   After several changes in ownership the castle was abandoned in the mid eighteenth century, before ...

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  • Pitreavie's Hospital

    The only reference traced is from fieldwork notes by R.McEwan, this is to a church founded in 1675 with 'four rooms still standing in favour of four widows' ;   this only mentions Masterton, Dunfermline, but refers to it as a c...

    Possible Original Location of Pitreavie Hospital
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  • Relief Church

    This congregation was founded in 1752 and the Relief church was built in 1775. The building became dilapidated and was demolished in 1847 and a new building was to be constructed on the same site (the present Gillespie Church, site no. 4685...

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  • Rosyth Baptist Church

    A modern church complex in Rosyth, on Queensferry Road between the Gothenburg Hotel and Tesco. The buildings are currently used by both the Baptist community and the Chinese Christian Fellowship.

  • Rosyth Methodist Church

    An ecumenical church with both Methodist and Episcopal services. Originally Methodist, the congregation was expanded with the closure of the Rosyth naval base in January of 1996, when the remaining Episcopal congregation of St Margaret&r...

  • Rosyth Old Parish Church

    Now ruinous, this church dates from the middle of the twelfth century. The land was granted to the Monastery of Inchcolm by Richard, Bishop of Dunkeld,  1170-1178.

    The north and east gable are the only visible remains of ...

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  • Royal Palace

    The Royal Palace was originally the Abbey Guest House.   It was destroyed by Edward I in 1303 and rebuilt by order of King Robert the Bruce in the 1320s.    After this it became a Royal Palace for Scotland&r...

  • Salvation Army

    This building is situated on a street corner, at the junction of Pilmuir Street and Campbell Street. The building is set directly onto the pavement with no surrounding precinct. Before moving to this building in the early 1950s, the...

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  • Secession Church

    This was the first Secession Church in Dunfermline, established by the Reverend Ralph Erskine who seceded from the established church in approximately 1740. While the church was being constructed Erskine preached from a tent and barn locate...

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  • Seventh Day Adventist Church

    The Seventh Day Adventist Church was built in 1952, although there had been Adventists in Dunfermline since 1934. It is in a residential area, directly beside the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (site no. 4095), and in a grav...

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  • Spital Crosshead

    The high part of the road about 1/4 mile South of St Leonard's Hospital was named "Spital Crosshead", from a pillar which, according to tradition, was erected there, decorated on top with a St Andrew's cross, and removed probably towards...

    Approximate location of cross
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  • St Andrews South Pc Site


    A housing development is now on this site, with no visible remains of the church.

    Probable site of church
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  • General view
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  • Probable site of church
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  • St. Andrew and St. George Episcopal Church

    There was an episcopal church on this site dedicated to SS Andrew and George, but it was demolished in 1986.   Members of the episcopal church now share worship with Rosyth Methodist Church (site 6453).

  • St. Andrew's Erskine Church

    This church is on the north-western side of Dunfermline beside a main road which is known as the �community corridor� as it houses a number of community facilities, such as a hospital, doctors, shops, and a school. The church wa...

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  • St. Andrew's Parish Church

    This church was built in 1833 to replace an earlier chapel of ease which had been on the same site (Chapel Kirk, site no. 10621). The earlier church was demolished due to its small size and this larger church was built to replace it. &nb...

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  • St. Andrews South Parish Church


    This church was built as a Free Church in 1847 and then became a United Free Church and later a Church of Scotland. In 1951 the congregation moved to a new church at Whitelaw Road (St. Ninian

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  • St. Andrews-Erskine Church

    This large rectangular building in the centre of Dunfermline  was constructed as a Burgher Church in 1798-1800.   It is situated in a raised paved precinct surrounded by stepped coped walls surmounted by iron railings.&nbs...

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  • St. Catherine's Chapel and Almshouse

    It is not clear when this chapel and almshouse were established but they are first referred to in a charter of Dunfermline Abbey in 1327,   in which it is stated that they stood outwith the West Port which was in the middle of ...

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  • St. Columba

    From fieldnotes (R. McEwan): Date stone laid by Vice Admiral McGeoch on 29/1/1969,  on the outside, to left of the main entrance.

  • St. John and St. Columba

    This Roman Catholic Church was built in 1976 to serve the expanding Roman Catholic population of Rosyth.    It is on the north east corner of the junction of Admiraty Road ( the A 965, the main road through Rosyth) and Hol...

  • St. John's Chapel

    A chapel with an associated manse, well and glebe once stood in the area south of Garvock Hill.   St. John's Chapel is recorded in deeds as early as 1390 but no specific date for the construction of the building could be found....

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  • St. John's Parish Church

    This Free Church was built in 1849-50 close to the centre of Dunfermline.   It is in a commercial street, closely flanked by buildings on either side with an open cobbled area to the front (east).    The ground s...

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  • St. Leonard's Chapel and Hospital

    A thirteenth century chapel and hospital were situated just to the east of Dunfermline town centre on a site now occupied by the oldest part of St Leonard's School. It is possible that they were established by Queen Margaret, wife of Ale...

    Standing ruins (speculative)
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  • St. Leonard's Parish Church

    This church is in the Brucefield area of Dunfermline.    With its prominent circular plan tower it was built using a bequest from William McLaren, a manufacturer from Dunfermline. It  replaced an earlier �tin kirk...

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  • St. Margaret's Anglican Church

    Now disused, St Margaret’s was a modern-design church originally built to accommodate Navy personnel from the Rosyth Dockyards in 1969. The building ceased to function as a church in January of 1996, with the closure of the Naval B...

  • St. Margaret's Cave

    Sacred cave site traditionally associated with St Margaret, who is said to have prayed here regularly. Located a short distance north of Tower Hill. Entry is through a small building leading to an 87-step tunnel which descends 56 feet in...

    View of cave
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  • St. Margaret's Memorial Church


    This church, built from 1894-6, was designed by the architect Robert Rowand Anderson. Anderson's original design drawings show a large circular tower located at the corner of th...

    General view of building from south
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  • St. Margaret's Parish Church

    This church was built in 1974 for the congregation of the previous St. Margaret�s church, on East Port (site 10425). The East Port St. Margaret's was demolished in 1981 to allow for the building of a new headquarters for the Dunfermlin...

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  • St. Margaret's Parish Church

    This United Secession congregation was formed in 1825 after members of the Queen Anne Street congregation (site 4684) broke away during a dispute over the appointment of a minister.   The congregation leased the Maygate chapel ...

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  • St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church

    The Roman Catholic congregation in Dunfermline was established in 1823 and at this time they met in the houses of two of the members. At this time they had no minister and as such mass was not conducted during these services. By 1851 the co...

    Holyrood Place
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  • St. Margarets Episcopal Church

    Site of the demolished Chapel of St Margaret, an Episcopal church set up in Masterton to replace a previous venue at Abbey Cottage. The church was built in 1888 and consecrated by Bishop Wordsworth of St. Andrews on 25 May, 1889. With th...

  • St. Mary's Chapel

    This chapel is said to have been towards the north end of what is now Elgin Street in Dunfermline. It may be a chapel referred to in charters as early as the fourteenth century, which mention a �Lady Chapell near Dunfermling� an...

    Probable site of chapel
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  • St. Mary's Convent

    This former convent is situated in a residential area in the centre of Dunfermline.   The small chapel which it originally housed was removed when the building was converted into a private residence.

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  • St. Michael's Chapel

    The exact location of this chapel is not known, but it is cited by RCAHMS as being a short distance from the east lodge of the Broomhall Estate, near Limekilns, in an area called Bell Hills or Bellshill. The chapel is mentioned prior to ...

  • St. Ninian's Chapel

    Little is known about this chapel which stood near to the centre of Dunfermline. It is marked on a sixteenth century map of Dunfermline and this location roughly equates to the area of land between the west end of Queen Anne Street and t...

    Dunfermline, St Ninian's Chapel
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  • St. Ninian's Parish Church

    The congregation of St. Andrew's South Parish Church (site no. 10608) moved to this site after the closure of their church in 1951. The original church on this site was a simple wooden structure, used from 1951 - 1957, until the new hall...

    View of north elevation
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  • St. Paul's Parish Church

    This was the third church to be built on this site in the centre of Dunfermline. It replaced the earlier Abbey and Canmore Street Free Church (site no. 10600), which had itself replaced the Burgher church (later a chapel of ease, si...

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  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


    This building is in an area to the south of the town centre, in a tarmac precinct surrounded by a low red brick wall surmounted by iron railings. The glass panelled porch on the principal (east) elevatio...

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  • The Gospel Hall

    This late twentieth century Gospel Hall is situated beside a busy road near the centre of Dunfermline. It is set in a tarmac precinct fronted by a mid height coped harled wall with square gatepiers to the southeast.

    View of site
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  • The Vine Church

    The Vine Church was established in Dunfermline in the 1960s, although the name of the church was not adopted until the early 1980s. The congregation has had several homes over the years and its present premises are a converted lemonade f...

    Principal (south) elevation
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  • Townhill and Kingseat Parish Church

    This building is in a large precinct in the centre of Townhill, Dunfermline.   It was originally built in the village of Townhill as a Free Church to sit four hundred people and is now one of the two churches in a united parish...

    General view of principal (west) elevation
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  • Townhill Mission Church

    According to historic records, a Mission Hall was built in Townhill, near Dunfermline in 1878. The exact location is unknown and the building has presumably been demolished.

  • United Presbyterian Church

    The Antiburgher congregation in Dunfermline was originally part of the Cairneyhill Antiburgher congregation which formed in the mid eighteenth century (see site no. 7756).    In 1788 the members of the congregation of Cair...

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  • United Reformed Church

    Canmore Street Congregational church had its origins in a break-away from a United Secession Church in Dunfermline.    The group was recognised as a Congregational Church in March 1840 meeting first at a hall in Maygate, ...

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  • Viewfield Baptist Church

    This church is at the junction of East Port and Viewfield Terrace, directly opposite the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (site no. 2265). It was built in 1882-4 at a cost of �5379 and had six hundred sittings.   The roughly rec...

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  • Vine Fellowship (Del Farquharson Centre)

    The Vine Fellowship, who had previously met in Bruce Street (site no. 2262) now meet in the Del Farquharson Centre on Sundays.

    General view of building
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  • West Baptist Church

    This church was built in 1898 by Andrew Scobie.  The congregation was formed when they split from the Viewfield Baptist Church (site no. 8077).  The church is on a street corner and is set directly on the pavement with no bound...

    General view of church
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