Ruchill Free Church Halls

M169 Ruchill Free Church Halls

Address: 15–17, Shakespeare Street, Glasgow G20 8TH
Date: 1899
Client: Westbourne Free Church
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Photograph of window of Ruchill Free Church Halls

1898
3 October: Westbourne Free Church Session has decided to move its Maryhill mission premises westward from Gairbraid Street to a site 'such as Ruchill St.' 1
21 December: Purchase of site on E. side of Ruchill Street approved. Cost 1064. 2
1899
23 January: John Honeyman & Keppie have been appointed architects for the mission buildings, having prepared preliminary plans of how the site might accommodate these along with a possible future church. 3
February: Plans drawn for submission to Glasgow Dean of Guild Court. 4
9 March: Plans approved by Glasgow Dean of Guild Court. 5
15 March: Tenders accepted. 6
23 March: Foundations commenced. 7
27 May: Memorial stone laid. 8
5 July: Hall roof in progress. 9
9 December: New buildings formally dedicated. 10
1901
6 May: Deacon's Court of Westbourne Free Church approve estimate for adding a wash-house to the church officer's house. 11
1903–5
Ruchill Church built on adjoining site, designed by Neil C. Duff. 12
1907
February: Plans of church halls examined by Scotch Education Department, for reasons which are not recorded. 13
1976
January: Proposals for conservation work to halls prepared by Holmes & Partners, Architects, Glasgow. Listed Building Consent sought. 14
1979
Halls described as 'recently extensively restored and stone-cleaned'. 15
1984
February: Strathclyde Regional Council awards a grant of 7000 towards restoration work at Ruchill Parish Church and Hall; overall cost of works estimated to be 50,000; 'extensive programme of repairs underway' at Hall. 16
Six stained wood and leaded glass leaves of a folding partition discovered in 'organ basement'. 17
1993
'An intensive repair programme is in hand.' 18
2004
9 February: Granted 33,600 by Heritage Lottery Fund. 19
2006
March: 'The second phase of ... refurbishment ... has recently been completed.' 20

Notes:

1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Westbourne Free Church Deacons' Court minutes, CH3/1412/19, 3 October 1898.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Westbourne Free Church Deacons' Court minutes, CH3/1412/19, 9 January 1899.

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Westbourne Free Church Deacons' Court minutes, CH3/1412/19, 23 January 1899.

4: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild plans, TD1309/A110.

5: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/21, p. 33.

6: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Westbourne Free Church Deacons' Court minutes, CH3/1412/19, 15 March 1899.

7: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/21, p. 33.

8: Glasgow Herald, 29 May 1899, p. 12.

9: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/21, p. 33.

10: Glasgow Herald, 11 December 1899, p. 10.

11: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Westbourne Free Church Deacons' Court minutes, CH3/1412/19, 6 May 1901.

12: Elizabeth Williamson, Anne Riches and Malcolm Higgs, Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, London: Penguin, 1990, p. 327.

13: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: GLAHA 52442 (M169-003); GLAHA 52443 (M169-001); GLAHA 52444 (M169-002).

14: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Ruchill Free Church Halls building file.

15: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 23, Autumn 1979.

16: Glasgow Herald, 9 February 1984, p. 3; West End Times, 17 February 1984, p. 4; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 36, February 1984, p. 3.

17: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Ruchill Free Church Halls building file.

18: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 63, Winter 1993, p. 9.

19: Heritage Lottery Fund, www.hlf.org.uk/ [accessed 4 February 2013].

20: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: Ruchill Free Church Halls building file.