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Oakley, Station Road, Church of the Most Holy Name

A Category B Listed Building in Carnock, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0796 / 56°4'46"N

Longitude: -3.5683 / 3°34'5"W

OS Eastings: 302490

OS Northings: 688530

OS Grid: NT024885

Mapcode National: GBR 1T.NVR0

Mapcode Global: WH5QQ.5G24

Entry Name: Oakley, Station Road, Church of the Most Holy Name

Listing Date: 10 July 1998

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 392540

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB45593

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Carnock

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: West Fife and Coastal Villages

Parish: Carnock

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Charles W Gray, 1958: windows by Gabriel Loire of Chartres. Rectangular-plan, Romanesque revival church with apse, saddleback-roofed tower and transepts. Whitewashed harl with contrasting sandstone-ashlar dressings and stone cills. Rusticated base course and eaves course. Mainly round-headed windows; roll-moulded ashlar doorcases.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical. Crowstepped tower to advanced centre bay with broad flight of steps up to 2-leaf boarded timber door below blind roll-moulded panel, round-headed window at gallery height and louvered arrowslit above. Flanking bays with windows to ground and

gallery below sloping roof, and outer flat-coped square buttresses.

S ELEVATION: 8-bay elevation with crowstepped porch breaking eaves in penultimate bay to right, steps up to deep-set 2-leaf boarded timber door, carved figure above on corbelled base; blank bay to outer right. Crowstepped transept in penultimate bay to left with tall window, 3 clearstorey windows to outer left over lean-to vestry with door to S and 3 small windows on return to left (W). Window and dividing buttresses to each of 4 centre bays. All windows round-headed.

W ELEVATION: stone-cross finialled gabled elevation, small canted apse at centre with windows to N and S.

N ELEVATION: 8-bay elevation with 4 buttressed bays to centre, each with circular clearstorey window over asymmetrically- fenestrated flat-roofed projection; crowstepped transept in

penultimate bay to left, outer bay blank. Penultimate bay to right with door in continuation of flat-roofed projection, square chimney stack projecting to outer right, and low service wing projecting to N.

INTERIOR: (not seen 1998). Vaulted nave with fixed timber pews and broad chancel arch. Stained glass dalle de verre windows depicting stylised scenes from the life of Jesus in the W clerestorey, E windows with symbols of the Eucharist, E transept with 'Our Lady', 2 armorial windows in S chapel. Carved Stations of the Cross, 1967, also by Loire.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. The Church of the Holy Name was built to serve miners moving in from Lanarkshire. Gray's traditional modern Scottish design followed and developed earlier essays in this revival form, notably, John Kinross's St Mary's Church, Chapeltown, 896, and Lorimer and Matthew's St Margaret's Church, Glasgow, 1930, all reviving and translating for contemporary needs historic models such as

Polwarth Church, Berwickshire, 1703. The fine stained glass windows used a method popular at the time, most notably at Gillespie, Kidd & Coia's Sacred Heart, Cumbernauld, 1964.

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