• Broxburn Oil Works

    Broxburn Oil Works

  • West Main Street, Uphall

    West Main Street, Uphall

  • Almondell House

    Almondell House

  • Millers Bridge, Uphall

    Millers Bridge, Uphall

  • The Viaduct, Broxburn

    The Viaduct, Broxburn

  • The Gates, Main Street, Uphall

    The Gates, Main Street, Uphall

  • Viaduct, Broxburn

    Viaduct, Broxburn

  • Looking East along Main Street, Uphall

    Looking East along Main Street, Uphall

  • Main Street, Broxburn

    Main Street, Broxburn

  • Ecclesmachan Road, Uphall

    Ecclesmachan Road, Uphall

  • Almondell Bridge

    Almondell Bridge

  • Main Street, Uphall

    Main Street, Uphall

  • Greendykes Road, Broxburn

    Greendykes Road, Broxburn

  • St Nicholas Church, Uphall

    St Nicholas Church, Uphall

  • Main Street, Broxburn

    Main Street, Broxburn

  • Middleton Hall, Uphall

    Middleton Hall, Uphall

  • Station Road, Broxburn

    Station Road, Broxburn

  • Staff of Uphall Public School

    Staff of Uphall Public School

  • West End, Broxburn

    West End, Broxburn

  • Gala Day at Uphall Public School

    Gala Day at Uphall Public School

  • Station Road, Broxburn

    Station Road, Broxburn

  • Uphall Gala Day Parade - July 1926

    Uphall Gala Day Parade - July 1926

  • Broxburn Academy

    Broxburn Academy

  • Old Mill, Uphall

    Old Mill, Uphall

  • Goschen Place, Broxburn

    Goschen Place, Broxburn

  • Tram on Main Street, Uphall

    Tram on Main Street, Uphall

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Uphall South Church

Built on the Middleton estate of Sir John Pender (whose initials can be seen on Muir’s Buildings), it opened in 1893 or 1894 as a new mission church in Uphall of Uphall Parish Free Church, which was actually in Broxburn – now Brown’s Funeral Parlour.  The building became the United Free Church in 1901 with union of the Free Church and UP Church nationally.

Enlarged with a new church building at the front which opened on this spot on 10 June 1926.  A dedication ceremony took place with no fewer than 16 ministers in attendance, including the Moderator of the UF Church’s General Assembly.  The masonry work was by that well known Uphall firm CE Nathaniel and Co, and the slating and plastering by the firm of Paris of Broxburn.  The architect was a well-known West Calder man, J.G. Fairley, who was responsible for a large number of public buildings in the county, including the Dreadnought Hotel in Bathgate, Balbardie Primary School, and his masterpiece, St David’s Church in Bathgate. The front and a few feet of the sides are of red sandstone, the rest is of brick.  The old church was fortunately set so far back from the room as to allow a new church to be built in front of it.  It survives as the church hall.


The church became part of the Church of Scotland, as Uphall South Church, at the national union of the Church of Scotland and the Free Church of Scotland in 1929.

Former West Lothian History Librarian Sybil Cavanagh gave a Guided Walk of Uphall in August 2019. We are pleased to reproduce this article with her kind permission.

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