Carntyne and Cranhill Parish Church

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Building Development

Completed in 1932, Carntyne & Cranhill Church was designed by James Taylor Thomson in a simplified Romanesque style and constructed using New Cumnock brick, with blonde sandstone ashlar dressings and slate roofs. Internally it is light and spacious with substantial nave and low south aisle, transepts and chancel.

Prominently located at the heart of a new interwar community, the church was part of the most prolific religious building programme since the Victorian era and is one of a series that were pioneered by the Church of Scotland to serve growing suburban neighbourhoods that provided housing for the overcrowded population the Glasgow. Category B listed, the Church has played a significant role in the mission of the Church of Scotland and in the social, cultural and religious life of Carntyne. The church continues to be an important focal point for the congregation and wider community living in the parish.

Carntyne & Cranhill Church is arguably the most significant public building in the area and has served the community admirably, but over 80 years have passed since completion and the building requires an urgent comprehensive programme of works to protect it for the future. The church and expert consultants have identified a scheme of works which will rectify recent issues with water ingress and associated damage/ risk to the fabric. The project will tackle re-slating; renewal of leadwork; renewal of roofing felt; rot treatment and repairs to rainwater, sarking, windows and roof timbers.

The church and congregation have secured Grant funding to assist its efforts in repairing the fabric in line with conservation best practice under the direction of advanced conservation accredited architects. Safeguarding the fabric forms Phase 1 of plans for the Church over the next few years and it commenced in February 2021.

Phase 2 , which it is hoped to start in 2023 , will cover internal upgrades and modifications to the building. Presently activities are hosted in the Church and adjacent church halls. The congregation intends to bring their activities under one roof in the Church, which will be sensitively adapted to provide space for community activity as well continuing as a place of worship.

By consolidating activity, energy and funds in the heritage asset, the Church will be preserved and given a sustainable future as a key part of the community for years to come.

Phase 1 Update - Award Winning

We are happy to announce that our Phase 1 development has completed and has been recognised with the 2022 John Betjeman Award:


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