This evening, I am focusing on St. Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene in central Paisley, Scotland. This church dates from 1909 with members of the evangelical Wesleyan theological persuasion.

 This architecturally important church was designed by Paisley architect, William Daniel McLennan ( 1872-1940). The design represents a blend of Gothic Cathedral and Art Nouveau styles the result of which results in close similarity with Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Queen’s Cross Church in Glasgow.

Summary facts and information:

  • Can accommodate up to 800 persons.
  • Vestibule is of Art Nouveau style with dark stained wood panelling, small squared window panes and flower motifs.
  • The sanctuary has an aisled nave, a rear gallery and a galleried transept. The furnishings are stylised Art Nouveau with the tulip motif featuring prominently. The magnificent stained glass window by R.A. Bell ( 1863-1933) is dedicated to congregation members who died in WW1. The choir stalls and high backed communion seats are in Art Nouveau style.
  • The church walls are constructed of Scottish red Permian sandstone from Dumfries in the Scottish Borders.Particularly noteworthy are the Expressionistic parapet walls which curve on both plan and elevation and arranged asymmetrically on the corners of the nave.The roof slates are grey Burlington from the English Lake District.


St. Matthew’s Church of the Nazarine, Paisley, Scotland

Tulip Motif Stained Glass, St. Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene



St. Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene, Paisley, Scotland



St. Matthew’s Church of the Nazarine, Paisley.

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