Viewfield Baptist Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NT 09490 87490, map


Address

East Port
Dunfermline
Fife
KY12 7JE
Scotland

Introduction

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 rectangular plan building is on ground which slopes downwards to the south (back).   There is a lower hipped roof bay at the back (south) of the building where the chancel and offices are located.   A hall is incorporated into the building at basement level. Part of the congregation broke away from this church in the 1890s due to a difference in opinion regarding communion practices and formed the West Baptist Church (site 8393).


Description

The church is built of roughly coursed rockfaced sandstone with Scottish slate laid in diminishing courses on the roof.    Ashlar has been used for the window surrounds, door surrounds and quoins.   Entrance to the church is on the north side where there is an advanced gabled porch in which are a pair of two-leaf square headed doors, surrounded by a large moulded pointed archway.   The space above the doors, between the lintels and the arch above (the tympanum), is covered in carved foliage detail.   A semicircular stair tower projects outwards from the northeast corner of the building.    Extending from the south wall there is a lower hipped roof bay where the chancel is on the interior of the building. A small extension was built on the west elevation in 1949.


People / Organisations:

NameRoleDatesNotes
BaptistDenomination1884-NOW
Mr Peter Lyle Barclay HendersonArchitect1882-1884

Events:

  • Church: Build/construction (1882 to 1884)
  • Church: Build/construction (1949)
    Extension from west elevation.
  • Church: Alteration/conversion (c1937 to c1941)
    Interior alterations.

Archive References:

NameReferenceNotes
Dictionary of Scottish Architects - Online databaseReference: M007341
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 46903
Canmore - Online database View Canmore Report Online: 79878
CSA: Inventory of Scottish Church Heritage - HardcopyReference: 8077Robert McEwan
Map Collections - Online databaseReference: XXXIX.5.11984 Town Plan of Dunfermline Scale: 1:500
Scottish Church Heritage Research Archive - Offline databaseReference: 8077

Bibliographic References:

NameAuthorDateNotes
Buildings of Scotland: FifeGifford, J1988p. 187
The Scottish Burgh Survey: Historic Dunfermline, Archaeology and DevelopmentDennison, E.P;Stronach, S.2007p. 60