St Mary of the Angels Church, Camelon, Falkirk (Gillespie, Kidd and Coia)

Scope and Content

Job files, images and drawings related to project.

Administrative / Biographical History

St Mary of the Angels (with seating for 500) is at the junction of Glasgow Rd & Watling St. It was built in the true 'traditional' sense of the medieval cathedrals and churches, in that it was built in a style of its own period. It is essentially a brick building with a timber roof. The main character of the building was derived from richly coloured & patterned brickwork, which is expressed internally and externally, and displays a craftsmanship of a high order. Natural materials were used throughout the church and give a simplicity & strength to the building. The high altar, Lady altar & font are of natural stone. The vertically pivoted doors are symbolic of the catacomb entrances where the early masses were celebrated. The baptismal font is situated at the entrance under the choir gallery & at a lower level than the special seating for parents with younger children. The confessionals are contained within brick buttresses. The church is lit by natural light from the clerestorey windows and is accentuated by random fenestration at salient points. The adjoining presbytery gave a well-planned functional house, with most 'modern' domestic facilities available at the time.


The material has been arranged using original Gillespie Kidd and Coia project reference codes. The project codes CCF & CWI.

Access Information

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Catalogued by Tracy Wilkinson, GKC Project Archivist

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