CALEDONIA ROAD CHURCH
WHERE IS IT? On a traffic island in the Gorbals near the start of Caledonia Road, where Cathcart Road and Laurieston Road diverge.
Standing tall like a proud survivor of the ages, Alexander Thomson’s church rests on an odd traffic island that marks the former junction between Caledonia Road and Cathcart Road.
The Caledonia Road Church is thought to be Thomson’s first stab at designing a church. It features an unconventional asymmetric layout that follows the edges of the surrounding roads. Thomson uses the ancient Greek styles that earned him his moniker, but here he pairs these with some Italian stylings.
The church served as the local United Presbyterian Church, but a declinging population in the Gorbals area saw it fall out of use. In 1963 it was sold to the Glasgow Corporation, with the aim of restoring it to its former glory. Sadly, the building was mostly destroyed by an arson attack in 1965. Although it is now a Grade A-listed building, the church has lain derelict and abandoned for half a century, watching as the city around it has changed, but with a certain stubborn Scottish pride serving as a reminder of a grander past.
Across from the church on a small traffic island sits the box-like No.8 Corporation Weigh Office, which acted as a stopping point for vehicles to be weighed, back in the days when they were not so frequent on the roads.
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