Guardbridge Parish Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NO 45070 18990, map


Main Street
KY16 0UQ


This church was built to accommodate the growing numbers of employees at the nearby Guardbridge paper mill who would have had to worship at Leuchars, Dairsie or Strathkinness;   it originally opened as a mission station.   It was last used as a place of worship in July 1999. The building faces onto a gravel drive on the main road through Guardbridge and is now in use as a private domestic dwelling.  



The building is of red brick with cream brick banding detail.   It has a pitched roof with foreign slates and is topped by a metal chimney. It consists of two front porches, a main cell and a western extension.    The east front faces the road across the gravel drive. It has two porches with gable roofs and doors with segmental arches.   The arches and quoins are of cream brick. Between the two porches is a coloured glass window set in an identical arch with two courses of cream bricks running through it

The south elevation faces residential buildings.   The south face of the south eastern porch has a round window with stained glass surrounded by cream coloured brickwork. It is buttressed at the south eastern corner.   There are four clear glass windows set in segmental arches in the central body of the church, which are separated by a chimney stack.   Two courses of cream coloured bricks run just below the heads of the arches.   The west extension has a similar window in a segmental arch in its south face.   A jagged line of cement which may be a repair runs from the middle of this window down the west side of the main body of the church.

The west elevation is dominated by the harled western face of the extension at the rear which has a chimney on the gable and a small window with a segmental head.   The extension is predominantly of brick and, with the exception of the harled face, shows no discernable break in style from the rest of the structure.

The north elevation is identical to the south elevation, with the exception of a door with segmental arch in the brick face of the western extension.

People / Organisations:

Church of ScotlandDenomination1895-2004
Mr James Ross GillespieArchitect1894Architect during alterations to church.
Mr James ScottArchitect1894architect. Architect during alterations to church.


  • Church: Alteration/conversion (1894)
    Alterations were made to the church by James Ross Gillespie and James Scott at this time.

Archive References:

Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference: M035787
Scran - Online databaseReference: 000-000-108-876-CAbby Hunt
Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 4591

Bibliographic References:

St Andrews CitizenJuly 9th 1999