Basic Site Details

Name: UF Church
Town, district or village: Coldstream
City or county: Berwickshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: NEW WEST UNITED FREE CHURCH, COLDSTREAM. - This church is seated for 520 in nave, transepts, and a small gallery over the entrance. The principal doorway is in the south gable, facing the street, and the staircase to the gallery is in the tower, which is 65feet high. The entrance-porch and vestibules are so arranged that no direct draught can enter the church, the heating of which will be by low-pressure hot-water apparatus, designed to serve the church and hall separately, or the two combined. In addition to the usual vestries, etc., the schoolroom of the old church has been enlarged, and accommodates upwards of 200, and is connected to the church by an ample crush-space and passages. The building is in Doddington stone, and is covered with Buttermere slates, which are also used for the louvres of the belfry-stage. To commemorate the munificence of Mrs Black, of Lanton, at whose sole cost the church has been erected, the congregation has inserted in the large south window a fine design in stained glass, by Messrs. Percy Bacon and Brothers, of London, and the same firm have filled the large west window with a memorial for the Carmichael family, who have long been connected with the church. The remainder of the windows are filled with leaded glazing of a very reserved design. The roof is of heavy hammer-beam principals, with simple boarding in the panels formed by the principals. A large arch behind the pulpit opens into the organ-chamber, in which an instrument is to be ereeted. The church hall is so arranged with folding partitions that the managers' room may be added to it or shut off at will; and a church kitchen adjoins it, for the better working of those semi-social functions so necessary to modern church work. The hall, which was commenced first, was built by Messrs W Smith and Sons, masons, slaters, and plasterers; Messrs J. and A. Gray, joiners; Mrs. A Ford, plumber; Mr A Hogarth, painter - all of Coldstream; and the contractors for the church were Mr A Douglas. Amble, mason; Messrs A.Inglis and Sons, Hawick, joiners; Mrs A Ford. Coldstream, plumber; Messrs W Smith and Sons, Coldstream, slaters and plasterers; and Mr A Hogarth, Coldstream, painter and glazier. The total cost, exclusive of the stained glass, bell, and organ, is about 4,275. The whole of the works have been completed under the superintendence of Mr. George Reavell. junior, ARIBA, of Alnwick and Morpeth. The drawing is on view at the Royal Academy.[Building News 7 June 1907 p 787]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Church CentreYes 
Item 2 of 2West UF Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21907   
Item 2 of 21963  Secularised


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 1George ReavellArchitect 1907  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1907 Part 2 p14
Item 2 of 3Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp185
Item 3 of 3Strang, Charles Alexander1994Borders and Berwick: An Illustrated Architectural Guide  p75

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder14 July 1906XCI p108
Item 2 of 2Building News7 June 1907  p787

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register23062