St Peter's Episcopal Church, Inverkeithing
Hope Street, Inverkeithing and Inverkeithing High School, Hillend Road                             

History 1899 to 1959

Before 1900



About 50 Episcopalians in Inverkeithing begin to have mid-week meetings, led by Rev. Ernest Day of Holy Trinity, Dunfermline. They petition the Bishop for the foundation of a mission church in the town.


1900s and 10s



Layman, Brother Bayne, begins to take Sunday Services, succeeded by Brother Bailey. They are held first in the Town House, then in a room in Hill Street, then in Fordell House.
Sunday school begins.


We purchase part of Witchknowe Park from the town council.


The nave (present hall) is completed on the site, to a design by Henry F Kerr, architect, and Bishop Wilkinson dedicates it to St. Peter, patron saint of Inverkeithing.


The naval base is established at Rosyth and the congregation expands.


Chancel (present worship area) and vestry are completed.
Rev. Alexander Leslie Ross, from Hawick, is appointed curate at St. Peter’s.
Friars and Brothers.


A church hall is built to the north of the church (site of present children’s home). The military requisition it during World War 1.


Rev. George Hebb Taylor is appointed in place of Rev. A. L. Ross, who has become an army chaplain.
St. Peter’s becomes a separate charge.


Rev. H. Guy Sclater is appointed.
Fire destroys the hall. We replace it with an ex-army hut, brought from Kinross. It has a stage and dressing rooms.


1920s and 30s



Rev Cyril Mee Turnell is appointed.
In the 1920s we buy No. 3 Bannerman Avenue as a rectory.


Rev. Fabian Anthony Forrest-Bell is appointed.


Rev. John Lyon Shaw is appointed. Father Shaw is a great devotee of church music and ceremony and the choir and servers thrive.


Revs. Laurence Percy Archer-Shepherd and W. M. Tuke.


Rev. John George Aspinall is appointed.
The incumbent of St. Peter’s undertakes the RAF Chaplaincy.


1940s and 50s



Rev. Francis James Craig Luke is appointed.
Mothers’ Union branch opens. It continues until the 1980s.


Rev. John Thomas Brychan Evans is appointed. He is an ex-naval chaplain, who rides a motor scooter on his rounds of the parish. He is the last incumbent to serve Inverkeithing only.
The rectory is now at 13 Struan Place.
Square dancing in the hall.
A Women’s Guild with about 20 members looks after fund-raising. Around this time Mrs. Barrett makes our all-seasons altar frontal.


Rev. J. T. B. Evans leaves and St. Peter’s is linked with St. Andrew’s and St. George’s, Rosyth and comes under the supervision of the Rosyth rector, Rev. J McLintock.


Rev. Peter Colebrook


Rev. A. R. Fletcher


Rev. P Canham is appointed to Rosyth and Inverkeithing.
The tenements to the south of the church (Knowe Terrace) are demolished around now (site of the present public gardens).


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