Strathbungo Parish Church

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Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby AzimScot » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:17 am

Anyone have more information on this Church this is all I could find. It looks like it was converted into flats.

603, 605 Pollokshaws Road, Strathbungo Parish Church, Glasgow

Category: B
Date Listed: 15 December 1970
Historic Scotland Building ID: 32397

OS Grid Coordinates: 258047, 662818
Latitude/Longitude: 55.8376, -4.2683

Location: A77, Glasgow, Glasgow City G41 2QF

Locality: Glasgow
County: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Postcode: G41 2QF


Church with tower built 1886 by J MacKissack (of MacKissack and Rowan) who was a member of the congregation; on site of and retaining part of Charles Wilson's church of 1839. Combines Romanesque and Scots Gothic elements. Snecked and stugged ashlar, polished dressings, slate roofs. Lofty gabled front to street with massive stepped buttresses, sculptured doorway, square tower to left also with stepped buttresses, walls almost blank to belfry stage, open crown spire springing from domed finials and surmounted by little lantern. Church HALL to rear (E) incorporates work by Wilson.


This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.
References:

BN Nov. 5th 1886.


Notes:

Neglected, and no longer in Ecclesiastical use. Competition actually won by J Ritchie, but MacKissack secured the commission.


Source: Historic Scotland

Architect

James McKissack was one of Scotland's most prolific cinema architects. McKissack’s designs, spread throughout Central Scotland, reflected every significant new trend in British cinema design, from the earliest cinemas of the Edwardian period, inserted into existing shop units, to the most glamorous ‘super cinemas’ of the late-1930s, and even include Scotland’s first specialist ‘art house’ cinema – the Cosmo [now GFT] in Glasgow. Notwithstanding having produced so vast and significant a body of work, the details of McKissack’s remarkable life have largely been forgotten by architectural history and the majority of his designs have long since been demolished.

James McKissack was born in Glasgow in 1875, the son of John McKissack, a successful architect in the city. At that time McKissack Senior had recently formed a partnership with William G. Rowan and this was to continue 1890.

John McKissack, born in 1844, was noted for his church designs, in particular Girvan Parish Church, Clydebank United Free Church and another in Tarbert, Loch Fyne. Many other churches designed before 1890 are attributed to him, but were probably actually the work of his partner, Rowan. These include churches in Pollokshields, Paisley, Queen’s Park, Govanhill and Swinton Road, Glasgow. By 1890 when the partnership was dissolved, James McKissack was already working for his father as an apprentice, having joined the firm in 1889 at the age of 14. He was to continue in this role until John McKissack’s death in August 1915 at the age of 71.

Having commenced his career under his father’s tutelage, James McKissack would have spent a lot of time copying and working up his designs, for then, as now, drawing was a vital professional skill for the architects, designers and artists. Consequently, in 1890 the McKissack attended drawing classes at Glasgow School of Art. There, staff and students had a keen awareness of the need to educate first-rate designers for what was the ‘Second City of the British Empire’. Drawing at this time was instilled as a professional language requiring great precision on the part of the draftsman. The following year McKissack attended the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College to study Architectural and Building Construction under Professor Gomlay A.R.I.B.A.

As McKissack Senior was a successful architect, he could afford to send his son to Europe to study and so in 1891 the young James McKissack travelled in Italy and France. As essential parts of an architect’s training included sketching details of architectural construction and classical façade composition, it can be assumed that McKissack filled many sketch books with studies of the buildings he saw. In 1900, at the age of 25, he commenced practice in Glasgow, in partnership with his father. He clearly had aptitude, but was also fortunate to be able to work in the family firm at such a young age.
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby udrigle » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:20 pm

This was a beautiful church in it's day. i attended it for sunday school and the 20th Glasgow company of the boys brigade , i think it was still in use till the early 80's. The sanctuary was all dark mahogany, carved wooden pews and pillars. At the time i attended it was a busy and vibrant place with different groups meeting each night. The last minister i can remember was the Rev. Phillips.
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby AzimScot » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:09 am

Could you remember anything at the center location of the Church? What was the roof structure like glass any statues or saint engravings? Does it have a glass window dome at the centre area?
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby udrigle » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:00 pm

The church had large dark wooden beams and a high tapered ceiling. It was a church of scotland so there were no statues or carvings, but there were nice stained glass windows around the side of the sanctuary and balcony.
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby darrel » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:11 pm

It was my mum's church she has just registered on this site and will be along shortly with a reply.
She has a book about the church which I've borrowed to scan the photos to post here watch this space
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby darrel » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:29 pm

as promised here are the photos

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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby udrigle » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:32 pm

Thanks very much for posting these images, it was great to see the inside of the church again.
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby darrel » Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:24 pm

No problems you might remember my uncle George Mennie or my grandad Robert Mennie my mum is Margaret Mennie or was till she got married
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby Strathbungo girl » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:04 pm

i am strathbungo born and bred I lived in March st just round the corner from the church I was baptised married in the church and my son Darrel was also baptised in Strathbungo church,My father Robert Mennie was church officer for many years He was Sunday School superintendant and for many years a Bb officer in the 20th Glasgow comp.
The minister was John M Munro when we were small and then when I got married it was Hugh Martin.My name was Margaret Mennie.now Hendrie.
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby udrigle » Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:42 pm

hello, when i attended this church, from 1962-1971, it was hugh martin who was minister, i can't remember the captains name, but he was a real old school gentleman, with a strong faith and he was a real inspiration to us. I remember going to BB camp at carnoustie in 1969, the officers set up a tv powered from a car battery so we could watch the moon landing.
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Re: Strathbungo Parish Church

Postby adownie » Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:00 pm

Apologies for re awakening an old post, but as part of work on a history of Strathbungo, http://bygone.bungoblog.com, I have uploaded a full copy of John Munro's book, should anyone wish to read more about the history of the church. Seek out the posting on Strathbungo Parish Church on the site. The book can be accessed from the references, or by clicking on the cover in the article.
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