Basic Site Details

Name: St Patrick RC Church and Presbytery
Town, district or village: Anderston
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church was opened last week. The new church is situated at the corner of North-street and William-street. Anderston, and is designed in the Early Decorated style. The nave is divided into seven bays, and is 102 feet long by 30 feet wide. Including aisles, the total width is 59 feet The clerestory is supported by three arches, each of a span of 27 feet These arches are carried by granite columns, so that two columns practically support the weight of the clerestory on either side. In each of the seven bays of the clerestory is a five-light window with traceried head, and in the bays of the aisles, on the Epistle side, are two two-light windows with traceried heads. The west window is divided into seven lights, with traceried head, and is 32 feet high. The baptistery is placed at the end of the aisle on the Gospel side, and is lit by a three-light traceried window, and the confessionals are in recesses in the aisle on the Gospel side. The chancel, which is 32 feet in length, is divided from the nave by a chancel arch, and terminates with a five-sided apse, in each bay of which ie a two-light window with traceried head. The side chapels are divided from the chancel by an arch, over which are two two-light windows with traceried heads. Each chapel is lit by a rose window. There are two doors under the great west window, approached by a flight of steps from North-street. The organ-gallery at the west end is reached by a circular stone staircase. The roof, supported by six principals, has a total height from floor to ridge of 67 feet, but is ceiled internally at a height of 57 feet Accommodation is provided for over 1,000 worshippers. The presbytery is connected to the church by a corridor from the sacristy. The church and presbytery, which are both lit by electricity, are built of Locharbriggs stone, the roofs covered with slates from the Aberfoyle quarries. The church has cost 9,000. The whole has been designed and carried out under the direction of Messrs Pugin and Pugin, of London. Mr. Harvie was the inspector of works. [Building News 14 January 1898 p56]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Church  
Item 2 of 2Presbytery  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 255, North StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2101, 121, William StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31898   
Item 2 of 34 January 1898  Church dedicated
Item 3 of 3Before 1981 Build/constructionPresbytery


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 4Peter Paul PuginArchitectA1898  
Item 2 of 4Pugin & PuginArchitectural practiceA1898  
Item 3 of 4Borthwick & WatsonArchitectural practiceBBefore 1981 Presbytery
Item 4 of 4John Marshall Wyatt PapworthArchitectural practiceBBefore 1981 Presbytery


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Anson, Peter1965Fashions in church furnishings2ndLondonp275
Item 2 of 3RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p275

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder28 March 1896LXX  
Item 2 of 3Building News14 January 1898  56
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Herald30 September 1897   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33093