Listed Building

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NS 57976 67572
257976, 667572


1896-99, C R Mackintosh of Honeyman and Keppie. Built as Free Church, since 1977 the home of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society. Built in red sandstone ashlar with slate roof and red ridge tiles and occupying an imposing position. An original interpretation owing much to Richard Norman Shaw's Harrow Mission Church in Latimer Road, Hammersmith, London.

Rectangular plan with transepts and porch given emphasis by rising above low aisle; bold tapering tower with attached stair turret and entrance at base with perpendicular window above and louvred window in upper stage, derived from medieval tower of Merriott Church, Somerset, at SW angle. The prominent S elevation has 2 full-height gabled bays with large perpendicular gallery windows, adjoining tower, 2 low aisle bays spanned by a bold flying buttress; at the E a 2-storey porch with very original Art Nouveau details. W gable has a large perpendicular window.

INTERIOR: wide timber barrel-vaulted hall spanned by rolled steel tie beams. Passage aisle at S linking 2 entrances. Galleries at E and in SW projection, boldly cantilevered with pendant details. Screen below E gallery 1939-45 by Thomas Howarth. Furnishings designed by Mackintosh, rood beam reinstated 1990. W window with 3 coloured lights designed by Gordon Webster 1960.

THE HALL: reached by link to N from E end. Rectangular-plan with typical Mackintosh open-trussed roof and top lighting. Tall dado panelling with deep cornice.

Statement of Special Interest

No longer in ecclesiastical use.



Howarth, CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH (1977) pp175-8. Buildings of Scotland, Glasgow pp326-7.

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