This afternoon I took the opportunity to tour the interior of this famous church which is also known as the ‘Baptist Cathedral of Europe’. Key facts:

  • Commissioned by the wealthy Coats textile family and opened in 1894.
  • Gothic design by Hippolyte Blanc of Edinburgh.
  • Can accommodate up to 1000 people.
  • Ground plan in shape of cross.
  • Vestibule contains 350,000 pieces of coloured marble to make up mosaic floor.
  • Pulpit made from marble and alabaster.
  • Finely carved communion table.
  • Baptistry made from black-veined marble.
  • In the chancel are three carved alabaster panels.

Overall, a truly stunning piece of design and craftsmanship.

Unfortunately, the building is in need of considerable funds for repairs and maintenance. For more information on the church and donations visit www.fenet.net/coats

The building is open Friday afternoons for two hours during the summer period.


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