Basic Site Details

Name: South UP Church
Town, district or village: Galashiels
City or county: Selkirkshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: A memorial stone of a new U.P. church, at Galashiels, was laid on Saturday. The church is to be built from designs by Messrs Thornton Shiels and Thomson, Edinburgh, in the Early English style, with area and gallery on three sides, or rather with galleries on all sides, as the choir gallery, with accommodation for sixty singers, is set behind the pulpit. It is to accommodate 760 in all, with session-house, vestry, ladies' room, and large hall for Sabbath-school and other meetings The total cost will be over 4,000. [Building News 22 August 1879 p236]

A new U P church at Galashiels was opened on 19th August. The church is in the Early English style, from designs by Messrs Thornton Shiels and Thomson, architects, Edinburgh. The tower is square to a height of 70 feet, and the spire rises to a height of 50 feet from the tower. The church has accommodation for from 750 to 800 sitters. The total cost is about 4,500. [Building News 20 Aug 1880 p240]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Aidan'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 1Gala Park RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218791880Construction 
Item 2 of 219 August 1880 Opened 


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 3James M ThomsonArchitectA18791880Design exhibited
Item 2 of 3Robert Thornton ShiellsArchitectA18791880Design exhibited
Item 3 of 3Shiells & ThomsonArchitectural practiceA18791880Design exhibited


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 Pressp 298
Item 2 of 4RSA1880   983
Item 3 of 4RSA1885   987
Item 4 of 4Small, Robert1904History of the Congregations of the United Presbyterian Church from 1733 to 1900 Edinburgh: Riverside PressVolume 2, p470

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News22 August 1879  p236

Item 2 of 2Building News20 August 1880  p240 - opening