Basic Site Details

Name: St Paul's Church
Town, district or village: Galashiels
City or county: Selkirkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Galashiels.A new church for the parish of Galashiels was opened last week. The estimated cost, including the spire, but exclusive of organ and pulpit, was about 13,000. The style is Early Decorated Gothic. The masonry outside and inside is of finely hewn stone - the outside of red-sandstone, and the inside of coloured grey sandstone intermixed with red-tone mouldings and other details. There is neither lath nor plaster, the stones being clean chiselled and close set. The spire with the tower is to be 190feet high, but the tower is only built as yet. A spacious hall is built at the south end, for the use of smaller meetings. Inside, the church is divided into nave, aisle, and transepts. The length of the nave is 83 feet; width across nave and aisles, 58 feet; width across transepts, 82 feet; breadth of transepts, 40 feet; height from floor to wall-plate of nave, 36 feet; height to apex of roof, 62 feet. The roofs are of open-timber work, supported on corbelled shafts of red freestone, with capitals and corbels carved against clerestory walls. The architect is Mr Hay, of Edinburgh. [Building News 2 December 1881 p738]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Old Parish and St Paul's 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 1Scott CrescentYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518781881  
Item 2 of 523 November 1881 Opened 
Item 3 of 51886  Spire added
Item 4 of 51902  Memorial window to Queen Victoria
Item 5 of 51911  Queen Victoria Memorial


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 8George HendersonArchitectA18781881 
Item 2 of 8Hay & HendersonArchitectural practiceA18781881 
Item 3 of 8William HayArchitectA18781881 
Item 4 of 8George HendersonArchitectB1886 Addition of spire
Item 5 of 8Hay & HendersonArchitectural practiceB1886 Addition of spire
Item 6 of 8William HayArchitectB1886 Addition of spire
Item 7 of 8George HendersonArchitectC1902 Memorial window to Queen Victoria
Item 8 of 8George HendersonArchitectD1911 Memorial to Queen Victoria


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Cruft, Kitty, Dunbar, John and Fawcett, Richard2006Borders (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp296-7
Item 2 of 4RSA1879   953
Item 3 of 4RSA1886   1154
Item 4 of 4Strang, Charles Alexander1994Borders and Berwick: An Illustrated Architectural Guide  p197

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architect11 May 1878xix Page 290.
Item 2 of 2Building News2 December 1881  p738

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register31987 
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSHay and Henderson Collection HH1/29-30