Basic Site Details

Name: South Side Synagogue
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: 81 feet Morrish facade.

Early 1880's Previous Address: Commerce Street, Glasgow (from about 1881) and Standard Halls, Main Street, Gorbals, Glasgow (from about 1887). In 1956 the congregation, then known as the Great Synagogue, merged with the New Central Synagogue (Beth Hamedrash Hagadol) and was renamed the Great Central Synagogue.

Despite a major extension to the Main Street Synagogue in 1891, the growth of Gorbals Jewry required a larger building, and the Great Synagogue was opened in South Portland Street in 1901. The Great Synagogue was the largest in Glasgow and housed many of the city’s religious institutions, including the yeshivah and mikvah. This was the last Jewish building to remain in the Gorbals, and closed in 1970, demolished 1974.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Great Central Synagogue  
Item 2 of 3Great Synagogue  
Item 3 of 3South Portland Synagogue  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Synagogue  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1South Portland StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418981900Proposed(?) 
Item 2 of 427 February 1901 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 4September 1901 Consecrated 
Item 4 of 41974 Closed 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 1James ChalmersArchitect 18981900 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Collins, Kenneth1990Second City Jewry  pp86-88
Item 2 of 3Kadish, Sharman2011The Synagogues of Britain and Ireland Newhaven & London: Yalep178, 348, n35, 36, 37
Item 3 of  Accessed December 2009

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder13 April 1901  p375
Item 2 of 5Building Industries15 January 1898   
Item 3 of 5Jewish Chronicle29 March 1901  Sketch plans
Item 4 of 5Jewish Chronicle13 April 1901   
Item 5 of 5Jewish Chronicle13 September 1901   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website Sent November 2009
Item 2 of 3Glasgow City ArchivesWorsdall Collection A/101
Item 3 of 3Strathclyde Regional ArchivesGlasgow Dean of Guild 1/7812