St. Finnian's Church, Lochgelly

National Grid Reference (NGR): NT 17940 92940, map


Address

Lumphinnans Road
Lochgelly
Fife
KY5 9AT
Scotland

Introduction

St Finnian's Church is located on the busy road between the west end of Lochgelly and the small village of Lumphinnans, and overlooks a golf course and park land to the north. There is modern housing to the south. The church borders the road to the south and has a car parking area on the north side.   The church was constructed in 1937-8 by the architects Smart, Stewart & Mitchell.


Description (exterior)

St Finnian's is a loosely cruciform plan church, aligned east-west. It has harled walls with brick and concrete dressing stones and crowsteps, and the roofs are slated. The main entrance is at the west end of the south elevation, through a gabled porch with a deeply-recessed round-arched doorway. Towards the east end of the south elevation is a small transept arm, again gabled and with a rectangular slit window. The nave and chancel areas of the church have small round-arched windows with sturdy buttresses inbetween. The west gable of the church features a small round-ended apse with three small rectangular windows. The opposite east gable has a three-light window with round-arch openings and stained glass, protected by metal grating. The north elevation at the rear of the church features matching round-arch windows and buttresses as found in the south elevation. A single-storey transept arm extends out from the church and forms a link to the two-storey manse, which stands to the north. This link may also serve as the session house and/or vestry of the church.

JD 2017


Description (interior)

The small west apse was created from what was previously a baptistery and a hall has been created out of the two west bays of the nave.  The three-light eastern window and the single light window in the vestry are by stained glass artist Margaret Chilton (Gifford). 


People / Organisations:

NameRoleDatesNotes
Scottish EpiscopalDenomination1938-NOW
Smart, Stewart & MitchellArchitect1937-1938David Smart, Donald Alexander Stewart and Robert Matthew Mitchell owned the architect practice "Smart, Stewart & Mitchell" which ran from 1924 until after 1949. They were responsible for St. Finnian's Episcopal church in Lochgelly (site no: 6109)

Events:

  • Church: Build/construction (1937 to 1938)
    This building was constructed by architect firm Smart, Stewart & Mitchell.
  • Church: Installed (1949)
    In the Lady Chapel, now turned into the vestry, a second window was inserted by Margaret Chilton.
  • Church: Installed (1950)
    East window of stained glass by Margaret Chilton. Three lights. Theme: Christ the High priest.

Archive References:

NameReferenceNotes
Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference: M002133
Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference: M023057
Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 6109

Bibliographic References:

NameAuthorDateNotes
Buildings of Scotland: FifeGifford, J1988p. 314