Glasgow churches: Hyndland

Hyndland Parish Church

After my last post about churches, several people commented that they liked the “gargoyley things” and I said I had more. Those below are from Hyndland Parish Church, a few minutes walk from my home. Strictly speaking they are grotesques, a gargoyle being a sub-category of grotesque which has a water spout. I can only see one of those for sure.

This church was built in the Neo-Gothic style, on designs by William Leiper, between 1886 and 1887. A few years ago it was renamed The Kingsborough Sanctuary when the Church of Scotland parishes of Hyndland and  Broomhill merged and the Broomhill church became the main place of worship.

A near neighbour on Hyndland Road is St Bride’s Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican communion. This building is slightly later, early 1900s, and has no grotesques, though the carving is still interesting. The architect was  George Frederick Bodley, of whom I have never heard, although apparently he is a well known church architect.

Around the corner on Westbourne Gardens is Struthers Memorial Church, an Independent Pentecostal Fellowship founded in the 1950s. The Italian Renaissance style building was designed in 1880 by famous architect John Honeyman, who would later employ Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It was originally known as the Belhaven-Westbourne Free Church, then became the Great Western Road Free Church, and finally changed to Struthers.

I have many more churches in my lockdown walks file, but this will do for now. Three churches, three different denominations, and three different architectural styles all within a stone’s throw of each other.


  1. Hi Anabel – fascinating three churches – architecture reflects so much … and gives us eras to think about. Thanks for mentioning Bodley … great photos too – the grotesques fascinate me too. Thanks – wonderful – all the best – Hilary


  2. Every church has its own style, how intriguing to find this trio so close to each other though! I’ve started looking much more closely at local churches since I discovered champing. It’s easy to see the big picture and an impressive building but breaking down the details is intriguing too.


    • Thanks! I’m learning a lot that I didn’t know because I used to just walk past so many buildings without really looking. I think I’ve been more observant, and more inclined to look up the history of places, since I started blogging, and successive lockdowns have increased that tendency.

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      • It’s an interesting byproduct of an unfortunate situation I guess – more time confined locally and you notice things you wouldn’t have done before. I also research a lot before posting – always so much to learn!

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  3. We were travelling in Europe almost 20 years ago, and I, too, recall the gargoyley things. Frightening and fascinating at the same time. Canada does not even come close to the architecture and history you share here. Interesting about gargoyles and grotesques. I googled to learn even more. Thank you for making history fun, Anabel.


  4. These churches are beautiful. I love all those carved features. They would have some tales to tell if they could talk! Thanks for finding them–and for the lesson about gargoyles and grotesques. Your librarian training is coming to good use! 😉

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