Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Renfield St. Stephen’s Church in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow following my attendance at a social event there earlier today.

Key information:

  • Built 1852 as a Congregational Church in 1852 at cost of GBP10,000.
  • The spire is the tallest in the city centre at height of 220 feet (88m).
  • Designed by English architect John T Emmet in the Tractarian Gothic Style.
  • Built of polished Kenmure Stone which was quarried from five miles away to the north of the city.
  • Interior fittings of oak.
  • In 1874 the building was purchased by James Baird and donated to the Church of Scotland whereafter it was known as Blythswood Parish Church,
  • In 1905 the large stained glass window behind the chancel was installed. It was designed by Norman MacLeod MacDougall (1852-1939) who introduced stained glass teaching to the (nearby) Glasgow School of Art.
  • Merged with St Matthew’s Parish Church on 1920.
  • Merged with St. Stephen’s Buccleuch Parish Church in 1960.
  • Merged with Renfield Parish Church in 1974 to become Renfield St. Stephen’s Parish Church.
  • Additional stained glass windows installed in 1980s.
  • Fountain from Glasgow International Garden Festival installed in the patio in 1989.
  • Used by other congregations since 1975: Coptic Church, Scottish Norwegian Congregation, Church of God, Celestial Church and Grant Street Free Church.

Model of Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow, Scotland

Inside Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow, Scotland

Stained Glass by Norman MacLeod MacDougall, 1905

Stained Glass Window, 1980s, Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow

Stained Glass Window, 1905, at Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow

Interior of Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow

Fountain and Patio at Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow, Scotland

220 feet high tower at Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, Glasgow

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