Dunyvan Church

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this great building in Coatbridge, Dundyvan Church has been left to decay, having experienced many “sudden fires”, yet it is of such significance to Scotland not just Coatbridge, it’s the only red sandstone building in Europe, it’s design is rare indeed, largely due to its rare crown tower and spire. It can be seen from every corner of Coatbridge up in the skyline and plays a huge role in Coatbridge geography, quite simply put, if this building dies, an irreplaceable void will be left. it’s probably more significant than the fountain and is the first building I think of when you utter Coatbridge.

Striking Gothic style Scots Revival church in red sandstone, enjoying a prominent position above Luggie Burn. The slim buttressed gable features etiolated lancet windows, whilst the tall pinnacled belfry tower is topped by a crown. Building Dates 1905, Architects Alexander Cullen. Shake your head at its state, curse why it’s still allowed to stand, but I urge everyone of this magical town to be careful what they wish for. This building needs ALL our love, it needs to survive, you might not know it, but its important, next time you walk or drive anywhere in Coatbridge look for it, stop to admire it, even in its current state it is simply divine. This building can be saved, or the important bits at least, its use is irrelevant, it just needs to be saved from progress, this is crying out for redevelopment, modern with old. It can be done, walk up to One Wellwynd in Airdrie and see the miracles they can do with these buildings, even go see the cattle market in the East End of Glasgow.

I do have huge sympathy for residents round about the building watching this once stunning building being destroyed by neglect and vandalism, but keeping it alive is so important, I know some might say but you don’t have to look at it, I do though, I look at it every time I can, and she’s a beauty. Sadly not even my deepest wishes can save this magnificent church,  it literally is living on borrowed time, maybe one more fire from collapse or demolition. Walking past it is like spending your last days with a much-loved ill relative, you don’t know when, but you know the end is nigh, and with it an absolute cornerstone of Coatbridge’s glorious past.

© McSnappy (Mark Mutch O’Hare)