Kirkcaldy Old Kirk is the site of the first Christian worship in Kirkcaldy after the Celtic missionaries brought the faith here in the 5th century. The first written record of the Kirk is in 1244 when Bishop de Bernham of St Andrews consecrated the building to St. Patrick and St. Brisse (St. Bryce). The ancient tower dates from the 15th century and offers excellent views of Kirkcaldy. The body of the church is by James Elliot 1808, remodelled in 1968 by Wheeler & Sproson. Good stained glass windows, some by Morris & Co from Burne-Jones designs of 1886; modern windows by John Clark and Crear McCartney. August Gern organ still in use. Many famous and ordinary Kirkcaldy folk, who are part of this church’s and town’s history, are buried in the surrounding graveyard. Adam Smith was christened as an infant here, and Rev George Gillespie, an author of the Westminster Confession of Faith, lies underneath the Kirk. Bought in 2011 by the Kirkcaldy Old Kirk Trust, set up to preserve the heritage of Kirkcaldy contained in the Old Kirk, to continue the 800-year old tradition of worship and to make this beautiful ‘B’ listed building available for community use as a concert hall, community resource and heritage centre. The kirk is 5 minutes from the bus station, along the High Street from Hunter Street; 8 minutes from the railway station along St Brycedale Avenue to Kirk Wynd; by car, park at Oswald’s Wynd Car Park (signposted off Townsend Place) and walk up Church Lane (KY1 1BG)). Limited parking, for disabled drivers only, next to Kirk.
The Fellowship, Sunday 11.30 am.
Open Fridays & Saturdays in July & August 11am to 3pm, or by arrangement
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