Buckie Former West Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NJ 42400 65600, map


West Church Street / Cluny Place


This former church is a large building fronting West Church Street in Buckie's town centre. It was built in the 19th century but closed as a church when the congregation united with South Church in Buckie. It later became a community centre for a time but was sold in 1990, afterwhich it was converted into private flats. 

Description (exterior)

West Church is a large, fairly simple building, aligned east-west on this town centre street. It was built with coursed and roughly-tooled granite blocks on the south and west (street) sides, while cheaper sandstone rubble was used for the east and north walls. The steeply-pitched roof is slated and has dormered gables above the windows in the side walls. Smaller, blocked dormer windows are placed higher up in the roof space. 


The north and south elevations are symmetrically laid out, with a large pointed-arch doorway to the centre (possibly a modern addition) and very tall pointed-arch windows on either side. The doorway now has a modern glass and metal door with plate glass above. The tall windows on either side have been altered during the conversion of the building into flats. There are now three rectangular window openings with stonework inbetween, creating three stories of windows for the flats within. 


The west gable of the former church originally had a large pointed-arch doorway to the centre, with chamfered margins and a thick hoodmould. However, this has been blocked and two small rectangular windows inserted. Above is a large pointed-arch window with simple, thick Y-tracery. It has again been blocked with masonry and two small windows inserted. Shallow buttresses flank the central doorway and window. The east gable of the church has a tall, narrow lancet window in the gablehead and a pair of rectangular windows lower down. A single-storey cottage (of unknown age) is attached to the east end of the building. 

Description (interior)

The large interior space of West Church allowed three stories of flats to be created within the shell of the building. This major conversion work will doubtless have left no original internal features or furnishing intact. 

Archive References:

Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 7932