History

Roystonhill Spire Park – online tour

Discover the history of a landmark building and the park project inspired by it. Roystonhill Spire is the only remaining part of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church, built 1866 – which featured glass by Cottier and Morris, and sculptures by Mossman. This tour aims to give a flavour of what was one of the most beautifully decorated …

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155th Anniversary

Birds-eye view – a photo taken from the Roystonhill Spire by our steeplejacks. Today we commemorate that on 8th June 1866 – 155 years ago – the church on Roystonhill opened. The view must have looked very different back then. What is now called Roystonhill Spire is the only remaining part of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church, …

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Spot The Spire

If you take a lockdown exercise in Glasgow Necropolis, then look out for the marking “J&G Mossman” on the base of many of the grave monuments. Mossman & Co were Glasgow’s greatest Victorian-era sculptors, and also made sculpted stone heads for Townhead-Blochairn church – now the Roystonhill Spire. Some of the very weathered remains of …

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Earliest photo?

We think this might be the earliest photo of Roystonhill and the Spire – zoomed-in from an image of Glasgow Cathedral in 1893… 127 years ago! Do you know of any earlier pictures? Back then there was the Monkland Canal where the M8 motorway now runs, and the houses to the left of the spire …

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History Project 2020

History Project

In 2019 Rosemount Development Trust’s local heritage project saw people from all ages and backgrounds getting together to look at the history (and pre-history) of the area. A series of ten workshops took place with local schools, a youth group, the 50+ Young at heart Club and at Rosemount Lifelong Learning. Three of Rosemount Development …

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People and Places

Mossman Heads, community and landscape The large pieces of stonework in the park are remnants of Townhead church (1866-1997) Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church, which stood on this site, featured a series of sculptures by John Mossman above the pillars that supported the gallery arches of the church. Mossman was a talented and prolific craftsman, the eldest …

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The Spire Park

Mosaics and Royston’s Rose The Spire Park’s landscaping outlines the footprint of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church which stood here for over 130 years. Around the perimeter of the former church are a series of mosaics – artist Jane McInally worked with community groups of all ages to create 12 mosaic panels reflecting the history of Garngad …

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The Spire

A beacon which can be seen across the city Roystonhill Spire was originally part of Townhead Parish Church built in 1865 – 66 by the architect J.J. Stevenson of Campbell Douglas and Stevenson. What remains of Townhead Church now forms the north boundary of the Spire Park. Its doorways, within gothic arches, provide access and …

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Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church

The artists and craftspeople who created a jewel on the hill Roystonhill Spire Park outlines the footprint of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church which stood on this site from 1865 until 1997. Daniel Cottier The church was richly decorated by a young Glaswegian artist Daniel Cottier. The full painted-scheme in Townhead one of his earliest works, featured stencilled …

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Roystonhill Spire Park

The history of a landmark building and the park project inspired by it Roystonhill Spire is the only remaining part of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church Townhead Church was built thanks to a legacy from the prosperous iron workers, Bairds of Gartsherrie, who employed thousands at their Coatbridge foundry. James Baird of Knoydart built the church with …

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