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Hillhead Parish Church

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Postcards Collection

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Hillhead Parish Church

A postcard view of Hillhead Parish Church in Saltoun Street, 1904. It opened in 1876. In 1950 it became Belmont Hillhead Parish Church and since 1978 it has been Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church.

Said to be inspired by the Sainte Chappelle in Paris, Hillhead Parish Church was designed by James Sellars, the winner of a competition held by the Church of Scotland. Above the doorway can be seen a spectacular rose window within a Gothic arch, with guardian angels carved into the stone above. The two turrets support the structure. A feature of the building is the stained glass windows, most of which were erected by Cottier & Co in 1903.

In 1921 the Church was considerably altered internally to provide a memorial to those members of the Congregation who fell in the First World War. At the same time the seating accommodation was re-arranged to its present layout and the brown paint and varnish removed from all the woodwork. There is now comfortable accommodation for about 820 people.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC Postcards

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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