Looking Up To The Gods
Looking Up To The Gods
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments



Things are always said to be ‘looking up in Glasgow’, but the trouble is that equally not many of the locals can be said to be ‘looking up at Glasgow.’ And they should be, as Glasgow’s ‘no mean city’ image belies its world-class architectural heritage, comprising of stunning spires, sculpture, ornament, friezes, gables and decorations, the vast majority of which are hidden in plain view above eye level.


One of the many classic examples of this can be located at the bottom of Bath Street near Charing Cross, where there stands the Renfield St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, built in 1852 and designed by London architect J.T. Emmett. Originally designed as an Independent Chapel, this is the first example of Tractarian Gothic in Glasgow, with its breathtaking tall spire and fine stained-glass windows (designed by Norman Macdougall in 1905).


Amazingly, in the late 1960s it was only saved by a last minute appeal from demolition – but in saving it, subsequently it was badly affected by the unnecessary removal of sculptures when the modern extension to the west wing was built. Oh, ye of little faith, as the biblical idiom goes.


Olympus OM2-SP & 1.8/50mm Zuiko

Ilford Delta 100

HC-110 (Dil. B – 6 min)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan



  • John

    I do enjoy reading your bloggings. Particularly of the locations I am unlikely to be, be they Seattle or Scotland.

    Keep looking for those unusual items hiding in plane site. The best things usually are.

    Paul Barclay