Basic Site Details

Name: St John's RC Church
Town, district or village: Barrhead
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: First scheme by McAnally not executed.

'The church is of a traditional cruciform plan, the framework consisting of precast reinforced concrete portal frame. External walls are faced with golden brown rustic brick with concrete dressings of granite finish. The main fašade, in contrast, is faced with precast concrete hexagonal shaped slabs of exposed granite. A bell tower is capped by a belfry with patterned grilled openings surmounted by a fleche.

Internal walls are plastered and the ceilings of nave and transepts are of acoustic tiling. The main flooring is of hardwood blocks and the entrance vestibules laid with terrazzo tiling.

Heating is designed for oil-fired low pressure hot water with underfloor heating in the main part of the Church.

A two manual and pedal pipe organ has been installed.

Seating is for 712.' (Souvenir brochure)

Thos. S . Cordiner F.R.I.B.A., and
Mr Donald MacQueen (Master of Works)

Messrs. Wm. McGhee & Son, Main Contractors, and the various other firms who co-operated in the Building.

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 2Aurs Road  
Item 2 of 2Darnley Road Darnely or Darnley?


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 4 1961Build/construction 
Item 2 of 41841 Build/constructionFirst RC church in Barrhead. Burnt down 1941.
Item 3 of 41949  Plans prepared
Item 4 of 429 October 1961 OpenedCordiner's design


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 2Thomas Smith CordinerArchitectB 1961Plans prepared in the late 1940s
Item 2 of 2Alexander McAnally (sometimes misspelt McNally or Macannally)Architect 1949 Plans prepared - but scheme not executed. Job went to Cordiner.


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Alexander McAnally: F no4570 (box 22)
Item 2 of 2Zita Craig, BarrheadInformation via website