Paisley Martyrs’ Sandyford Church

This evening, I am posting information on a church in Paisley, West of Scotland which I recently visited. The name harks back to the 17th century and a time of religious turbulence concerning governance of the established church.

Key facts and features:

  • This is a Presbyterian church falling within the Church of Scotland.
  • The basic building dates from 1847. Alterations and additions were effected in 1905 under architect T.G. Abercrombie. At this time a tower and south front in neo-Norman style were added.
  • The interior features galleries on three sides, on cast-iron colonnettes.
  • The pulpit is 18ft long and has features similar to the bridge of a ship.
  • The church is a result of the union of Sandyford Church in Thread Street and Martyrs Church.
  • The name celebrates two Paisley martyrs, James Algie and John Parkwere who were both hanged at the market cross in Paisley in 1685 for failing to take the oath laid down in the Test Act and thus acknowledge the authority of the King in all matters civil and religious. There is a monument to the two martyrs near Woodside Cemetery.

 

Inside Paisley Martyrs’ Sandyford Church

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