As you no doubt all know by now, the Barony St John has been a church in Ardrossan from 1844 until its closure in 2014.
During that time it has been the venue for what must have been thousands of weddings – and it will hopefully be a venue for weddings once again when it gets regenerated into an Events Centre.
In the meantime, it sits derelict – or does it?
Well, in the past year it has been used as a location for an Irvine based band’s music video – Back in February 2017, The Fall of Eve rock band spent from 6pm one evening until 7am the following day in the church filming a “night shoot” for their latest song “If Even Angels Fall”. The video was posted on my blog page (The Fall of Eve) and on You Tube and has proved a huge hit with their fans (it’s received over 11,000 views to date) due to the music, the theme and the atmospheric quality provided by the Barony St John church.
At Easter time the church was used for an Easter egg hunt by my children who were amazed at the amount of hiding places a deserted church could offer including the pews, the organ, the pulpit and even hidden in the baptismal font. 😀
But most recently, the church building was used for a pre-wedding photo shoot for local couple David McKean and Emma Fotheringham.
David and Emma got engaged at the end of 2016 last year and they will be getting married at Rowallan Castle on the 12th of May this year.
They both live at Church Place and have a view of the Barony St John from their window. David explained;
“The reasons we chose the Barony was mainly because having grown up in Ardrossan I’ve always been interested in its history and architecture and the Barony has always stood out as a unique part of that. It was fascinating to see it with all its original fixtures and fittings and capture some of the atmosphere of the place. Living practically in its shadow we always wondered what it was like inside, and being fans of old architecture it was a good aesthetic for the photo shoot as we wanted to do something a little different.”
I was absolutely delighted to accommodate David and Emma and the photographers, Jarvie and Jones, did an excellent job of capturing the history and architecture of the building.
And although David and Emma couldn’t hold their wedding in the church (or would want to, given its current state), I have told them both that they would be more than welcome to come back to the Barony St John to renew their wedding vows once it is transformed into an Events Centre.
I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing David and Emma a long and happy marriage and best wishes for their future together.