Queen's Cross Church

M125 Queen's Cross Church

Address: 870, Garscube Road, Glasgow G20 7EL
Date: 1896–9
Client: Free St Matthew's Congregation
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

Colour photograph of W. window, Queen's Cross Church

1896
9 June: Special meeting of the Deacons' Court of Free St Matthew's Church, to discuss the proposed erection of a new church in Springbank. Building committee appointed. 1
11 November: Site to be purchased. 2
7 December: John Keppie engaged by building committee. First sketch made. 3
1897
1 March: Plan for new church shown to Deacons' Court. Building committee propose to adopt it. 4
April: Drawings made for submission to Glasgow Dean of Guild Court. 5
10 June: Plans approved by Glasgow Dean of Guild Court. 6
31 August: Excavation of foundations begun. 7
1898
7 March: Deacons' Court agree to name the new church 'Queen's Cross Church'. 8
22 June: Memorial stone laid. 9
1899
10 September: Opened for worship. 10
1900
30 April: Final visit by Dean of Guild Court inspector. 11
3 May: Discharged by Dean of Guild Court inspector. 12
1903
3 December: Decision to remove fixed choir seating and replace with chairs. 13
1944
Rear five rows of pews removed and the timber used to construct a screen under E. gallery, designed by Thomas Howarth. 14
1976
21 March: Final service held. 15
1977
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society moves in. 16
1978
Report on fabric prepared by Historic Buildings Council. 17
1979
Industrial buildings adjoining Hall demolished. 18
1980
First phase of repairs completed. 19
1984–5
Second phase of repairs carried out, including repair and cleaning of stonework, re-roofing of Church and Hall and dry rot eradication. Railings removed during work and not replaced, because photographic evidence suggested they were not original. 20
1987
8 October: Floodlighting inaugurated. 21
1989–90
Interior repainted and woodwork stained dark by W. Gibb Stuart. New rood beam installed, carved by Robert Pollock, following research into appearance of original beam by Chris Fletcher of S. B. T. Keppie. Work supervised by Brian Park of Page & Park Architects, Glasgow. 22
1998
Money gifted to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society by Thomas Howarth to enable it to buy the church; the purchase was concluded the following year. 23
2003
Glass door designed by McKeown Alexander Architects, Glasgow, installed at main Garscube Road entrance. 24
2004
Exterior notice board restored. 25
2005
Simpson & Brown of Edinburgh appointed architects for major programme of repairs. 26
2006–7
Repairs carried out by Simpson & Brown: re-roofing of subsidiary spaces, including Hall and E. gallery stair; external stone repairs; repair of all leaded glazing; repositioning of screen under the E. gallery; reversal of rear-most pew; and improvements to services. 27

Notes:

1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Minutes of Deacons' Court of Free St Matthew's Church, CH3/971/17.

2: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Minutes of Deacons' Court of Free St Matthew's Church, CH3/971/17.

3: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Minutes of Deacons' Court of Free St Matthew's Church, CH3/971/17.

4: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Minutes of Deacons' Court of Free St Matthew's Church, CH3/971/17.

5: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild plans, TD1309/A122.

6: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/63, p. 140.

7: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/63, p. 140.

8: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Minutes of Deacons' Court of Free St Matthew's Church, CH3/971/17.

9: Glasgow Herald, 23 June 1898, p 6.

10: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Queen's Cross Free Church Session minutes, CH3/1346/1, p. 4.

11: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/63, p. 140.

12: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Glasgow Dean of Guild Court, Register of Inspections, D-OPW 25/63, p. 140.

13: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Queen's Cross Free Church Deacons' Court minutes, CH3/1346/3.

14: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 92, Summer 2007, p. 6.

15: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 11, Spring 1976, p. 1.

16: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 14, Winter/Spring 1977, p. 1.

17: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 18, Spring 1978, p. 4.

18: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 22, Summer 1979.

19: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 27, Autumn 1980, p. 7 .

20: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 39, Winter 1984–5, p. 1; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 41, Autumn 1985, p. 3.

21: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 47, Autumn 1987, p. 2.

22: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 49, Summer 1988, p. 2; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 51, Summer 1989, p. 12; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 52, Winter 1989, p. 6; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 53, Spring 1990, p. 2; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 54, Autumn 1990, p. 2.

23: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 74, Autumn 1998, pp. 5–7.

24: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 78, Spring 2000, p. 3; Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 84, Spring 2003, p. 2.

25: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 87, Autumn 2004, p. 2.

26: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 88, Spring 2005, p. 3.

27: Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society Newsletter, 92, Summer 2007, pp. 5–6.