Queen's Cross Church, Glasgow

Queen's Cross Church, Glasgow

The Church of Scotland parish church Glasgow: Queen's Cross, also known as The Mackintosh Church, is the only church designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to be built.


In 1896, the Free Church of St Matthew, Glasgow, commissioned a new church and hall from the experienced Glasgow architectural practice of Honeyman & Keppie, to be located within the developing area of Springbank, near Maryhill. John Honeyman allocated the job to his young, talented, trainee architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The site was an awkward one, being on a corner plot and butted by tenements and a large warehouse. In keeping with their beliefs, the Free Church required simplicity in design. A memorial stone was laid on 23 June 1898 and the church held its first service on 10 September 1899.

Although he designed an Anglican Cathedral for Liverpool, as part of a competition, it was never built, so Queen's Cross was the only Mackintosh church to be completed. Building started shortly after Mackintosh finished his competition design for the Glasgow School of Art. It is built at Queen's Cross, at the junction of Garscube Road and Maryhill Road in Glasgow's Maryhill area.

Mackintosh Design


Unlike many churches in Glasgow, Mackintosh's church doesn't have a huge towering spire, and is rather squat and more like a Norman Castle, called 'Modern gothic' by other architects. The main south-west tower was modelled on one at Merriot in Somerset which Mackintosh visited in 1895.


Although the stained glass windows are not 'spectacular' compared to other churches and cathedrals, they are distinctly Mackintosh in design. The style is still used on many Mackintosh-style windows and stained glass souvenirs available today.

The roof is made up by the most striking timber-lined barrel-vaulted roof, which spans the entire forty feet of the nave.

The pulpit is carved in Mackintosh designs - it is repeated five times around the curved front. It has been suggested that it represents the wings of a bird protecting young shoots - sown on fertile ground.

The design contains gothic influences, such as the magnificent stained glass blue-heart window, and pre-Reformation style elements, such as the replica of the original rood beam, which is unique in Scotland. It is even possible to find Japanese influences in the double beams and pendants inside the church. [ [http://www.scotlandontv.tv/scotland_on_tv/video.html?vxSiteId=60fdd544-9c52-4e17-be7e-57a2a2d76992&vxChannel=SeeScot%20Places&vxClipId=1380_SMG1835&vxBitrate=300 Video interview at Queen's Cross Church with Stuart Robertson] , Director of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society (February, 2008)]

Home of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society

After the church was decommissioned, unlike many churches which were converted to theatres, apartments or demolished and because of the popularity of Mackintosh's work, the church became to home of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, which owns and operates the church as a tourist attraction.

The adjoining church hall provides tearoom facilities, and there is a display area under the balcony with many artifacts including replicas of the chairs he designed for the Willow Tearooms.

ee also

*Culture in Glasgow
*List of Church of Scotland parishes


External links

* [http://www.crmsociety.com/ Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society]
* [http://www.crmsociety.com/Attraction.aspx?NavPage=51&AttId=9#openingtimes The Mackintosh Church]
* [http://www.scotcities.com/renniemack.htm Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Glasgow Buildings]

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