Basic Site Details

Name: Village Church
Town, district or village: Broxburn
City or county: West Lothian
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: First Free church in Broxburn built 1846. Church enlarged 1879 and again 1889 when a hall was added. The hall burnt down in 1892 and the church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1893. The church is much as it was when the design was exhibited by Fairley in 1894.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Broxburn West Church  
Item 2 of 4Broxburn West UF Church  
Item 3 of 4Thomas Brown Funeral Director  
Item 4 of 4United Free Church  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1West Main Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71846 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 71879 Addition 
Item 3 of 718891890AdditionAddition and reconstruction
Item 4 of 715 June 1889 Foundation stoneFor reconstruction - newspapers seem to suggest that the church was a complete rebuild.
Item 5 of 71892 Destruction/demolitionHall burnt down
Item 6 of 71893 ReconstructionReconstruction and enlargement
Item 7 of 71894 Design exhibited 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 2James Graham FairleyArchitectA18891890McWilliam gives this date for the church in Station Road but that is clearly not correct. It must refer to the work in 1889-90 by James Graham Fairley on this church.
Item 2 of 2James Graham FairleyArchitect 18931894Reconstruction and enlargement of church


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1894   p25
Item 2 of 3Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1894, no 1623
Item 3 of 3McWilliam, Colin1978Lothian (The Buildings of Scotland)   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Edinburgh Evening News25 October 1888  p4
Item 2 of 6Midlothian Advertiser12 April 1946  p3 Centenary celebrations.
Item 3 of 6West Lothian Courier15 May 1889  p5.
Item 4 of 6West Lothian Courier15 February 1963  p17. Proposed union of St Nicholas and West Church
Item 5 of 6West Lothian Courier14 March 1975  p14. Delay in Union because of disagreement over the new name
Item 6 of 6West Lothian Courier23 May 1975  p1. Possibility of the church, hall, manse and properties of the former Broxburn West Church being sold to provide housing for old people.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Uphall South Church History GroupInformation sent to Dictionary Sent June 2016