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Basic Site Details

Name: Coats Memorial Baptist Church
Town, district or village: Paisley
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Notes: Competition assessed by James Sellars. Cost: £20,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Coates Memorial Church sometimes mistakenly referred to thus
Item 2 of 2Coats Memorial ChurchYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518851886 Designs exhibited
Item 2 of 51885 Competition held 
Item 3 of 51892 Design exhibited 
Item 4 of 51902  New pulpit
Item 5 of 51902 Design exhibitedDesigns for pulpit and canopy


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 17Arthur BillingArchitect 1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 2 of 17Charles BellArchitect 1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 3 of 17Henry HigginsArchitect 1885 Competition design - sent uninvited and not considered in detail
Item 4 of 17James ChalmersArchitect 1885 Competition design - sent uninvited and not considered in detail
Item 5 of 17John HutchisonArchitect 1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 6 of 17John Pollard SeddonArchitect 1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 7 of 17Thomas Lennox WatsonArchitect 1885 Competition design - sent uninvited but placed before several of the invited designs
Item 8 of 17Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitectA1885c. 1899(?)Won competition and secured job
Item 9 of 17(Sir) John James BurnetArchitectB1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 10 of 17John Burnet & SonArchitectural practiceB1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 11 of 17John Burnet (senior)ArchitectB1885 Competition design - unplaced
Item 12 of 17Andrew Robb ScottArchitectAc. 1887c. 1890Details - as assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 13 of 17Larmont Douglas PenmanArchitectA18921893As assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 14 of 17Louis David BlancArchitectA1893c. 1898(?)As apprentice to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 15 of 17Hugh Dykes SimpsonArchitectAc. 1898(?) As assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 16 of 17John Manuel (junior)ArchitectAc. 1899 As assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc, Blanc having won the competition
Item 17 of 17Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitectE1902 Design exhibited for pulpit and canopy


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 8Academy Architecture1902 part 1 p57 (Design for pulpit and canopy)
Item 2 of 8Edinburgh International Exhibition1886Edinburgh International Exhibition  Hutchison design exhibited
Item 3 of 8Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1892, no 1761 (Blanc); 1897, no 1597 (Burnet Son & Campbell)
Item 4 of 8Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 5 of 8MacLehose, James1886Memoirs and portraits of one hundred Glasgow Men who have died during the last thirty years … Glasgow: James MacLehose & SonsVolume 1
Item 6 of 8RSA1886   854 & 1156
Item 7 of 8RSA1902   New pulpit
Item 8 of 8Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p16

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2BuilderLate 1885XLIX pp 4, 49, 86, 113 & 188-9i
Item 2 of 2Building News17 July 1885   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register39027 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Hippolyte Jean Blanc: F v13 p142 no844 (microfilm reel 11); Louis David Blanc: L v13 no 881; John Manuel: L v25 no2022; Larmont Douglas Penman: L v23 no1830; Hugh Dykes Simpson: L v20 no1587


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