Basic Site Details

Name: Franciscan Church and Friary
Town, district or village: Hutchesontown
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Anson records that work continued by the Pugins until 1896. Between 1869 and 1881 the refectory of the Friary was used as church. Friary now converted to housing. Cost of church of 1881 £8000. John Devlin, Builder.

Information from Judith Anderson.

GLASGOW.—The new Franciscan Church, which has been in course of erection for a little over a year, was opened on Wednesday last, 1st June, in the presence of Cardinal Manning. This church has been designed and carried out under the immediate superintendence of Messrs. Pugin and Pugin, of Westminster. It is in the Early Decorated style, but very severe in treatment, and quite in harmony with the austere rules of the Franciscan Order. Mr. John Devlin, of Glasgow, was the contractor, and Brother Patrick, a member of the order, has acted in a most efficient manner as Clerk of Works. [Building News 3 June 1881 Page 655]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Francis RC 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 1405-407, Cumberland StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518681869 Journal reference for Blount's work - the Friary
Item 2 of 518781881 Church 'to be erected' (may be rebuilding?)
Item 3 of 51 June 1881  Church consecrated
Item 4 of 518821896 Further work
Item 5 of 519951996Alteration/conversionConverted by Glasgow City Council to replace (1960s) John Mains Community Centre; at the same time, adjacent friary was converted into an old people's home


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 7Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)    Interior work, instructed by architect W C Mangan(?) of Preston - date unknown
Item 2 of 7Gilbert Robert Blount  18681869Friary
Item 3 of 7Cuthbert Welby Pugin A18781881Church built (perhaps still involved?)
Item 4 of 7Peter Paul Pugin A18781881Church built
Item 5 of 7Pugin & Pugin A18781881Church built
Item 6 of 7Karen Pickering  19951996Project Architect for Page & Park's conversion scheme
Item 7 of 7Page \ Park Architects  19951996Conversion


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Glasgow City Council1990s Page & Park work
Item 2 of 2Manning, CardinalClient for 1881 work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Anson, Peter1965Fashions in church furnishings2ndLondonp275
Item 2 of 3Bell, Dr Gilbert T1981A short history of St Francis   
Item 3 of 3Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p509

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5ArchitectNovember 1997   
Item 2 of 5British Architect12 November 1878   
Item 3 of 5Building News1868  CHECK date
Item 4 of 5Building News3 June 1881  p655
Item 5 of 5Herald, The17 February 1997  p17 - 'Saviours of the church'

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33690 
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on Scott Morton & Co involvement