Ramshorn Kirk

Ramshorn Kirk

This evening, I am posting information on an intriguing church in Glasgow’s Merchant City. In fact, this building no longer functions as place of worship and has been converted to the University of Strathclyde Theatre. However, much of the history and heritage is still extant. To the rear of the church is an extensive burial ground holding the remains of the wealthier section of Glasgow’s society from the late 1700s through to Victorian times. Many of the burials record the deceaseds occupations which affords an interesting insight into commercial activities and professions of 200 years ago with examples including cloth manufacturer, pocket book manufacturer, baker, slater, ironmonger, cordiner plus some academics.

Ramshorn Church Burial Ground

Ramshorn Church Burial Ground

This was St. David’s Parish Church which was constructed 1824-6 in the Gothic style to replace an earlier church built on Ramshorn and Meadow Flat in 1726, hence name. The church was designed by Thomas Rickman with changes by John Cleland.

Inside can be found excellent examples of Victorian stained glass.

Stained Glass at Ramshorn Church

Stained Glass at Ramshorn Church

Inside Ramshorn Kirk

Inside Ramshorn Kirk

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