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St Paul's Church, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

A Category B Listed Building in Galashiels, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.6129 / 55°36'46"N

Longitude: -2.8083 / 2°48'30"W

OS Eastings: 349179

OS Northings: 635775

OS Grid: NT491357

Mapcode National: GBR 83TJ.SR

Mapcode Global: WH7WN.T5WX

Plus Code: 9C7VJ57R+5M

Entry Name: St Paul's Church, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Listing Name: Scott Crescent, Old Parish and St Pauls Church, (Church of Scotland) Church Hall Including Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 24 May 1979

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373383

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31987

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Galashiels

County: Scottish Borders

Town: Galashiels

Electoral Ward: Galashiels and District

Traditional County: Selkirkshire

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Hay and Henderson, 1881; addition of steeple in 1886. Church Hall addition by Waddell and Young, 1927. 6-bay, rectangular-plan red sandstone Early Decorated Gothic Revival church with commanding tower and spire to SW; advanced 3-bay buttressed transepts; geometric tracery; hoodmoulded 3- and 4-light pointed arched windows, large 5-light pointed arched window to N gable over arched entrance porch with equilateral arched doorpiece. Rose window to S wall. Vestry to N linked to halls to W by 9-bay colonnaded glazed cloister. Square-plan 4-stage tower: bi-partite pointed arched geometric tracery and louvered windows; corbelled parapet with corner gargoyles; prominent crowstepped pediments over bipartite columned ventilators; hexagonal needle spire. Stugged coursed ashlar; smooth rybats. Base course, moulded eaves course to aisles and transepts, corbelled eaves course to clerestory.

Clear glass and stained glass windows, part glazed timber porch doors; boarded doors. Pitched graduated slate roof; terracotta ridge tiles; stone slates to porch. Stone skews; cast-iron rainwater goods; decorative lion-head hoppers.

INTERIOR: central nave with paired aisles and side transepts divided by double rows of polished Peterhead pink granite foliate capital columns. Finely coursed grey sandstone ashlar with red stone mouldings. Open timber ceiling. Pitch pine pews. Mosaic pavement to aisles by Hawley of Edinburgh. The pulpit and organ console were moved from the Willis organ screen to the transepts in a 1948 remodelling scheme. Stone font.

HALL: 3-bay principal (N) entrance elevation; advanced shouldered buttressed central bay; equilateral arched doorway and tripartite lancet windows; flanked by single lancet windows; stone cross at apex. 4-bays to sides; tripartite windows and buttresses. Stugged red sandstone ashlar; smooth surrounds; pitched slate and glazed roof; stone gablet skews and skewputts; cast-iron rainwater goods. INTERIOR: exposed timber roof trusses to boarded ceiling; timber floors; boarding to dado height; viewing balcony and stage. Ancillary rooms to rear.

BOUNDARY WALLS: coursed whinstone with round copes to all sides. Former dismantled pyramidal gatepiers stored on site next to tower.

Statement of Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Old Parish and St Pauls Church is a good example of a later 19th century gothic church with fine stone detailing to both the exterior and interior with a prominent landmark spire. Designed by the Edinburgh firm of Hay and Henderson, the church is an integral part of the history of the parish church.

Built as St. Pauls Church from 1876-81 by Hay and Henderson at a cost of £13,000 with stone from the local Belses Quarry near Ancrum, for the expanding congregation that was fast outgrowing the nearby Parish Church of 1813. The instigation for the new church, to seat 950, came from local manufacturers who required a grander building in which to worship. The first 1st service was held 1881 and both churches held services concurrently until 1931 when the Old Parish church closed, at which point the church was designated as Old Parish and St Paul's.

The church underwent several additions in the years shortly after it was built; the imposing spire was added slightly later in 1886, also by Hay and Henderson, although much of the ornamentation was lost in a severe gale in 1899. The Memorial Window to Queen Victoria was added by George Henderson (1846-1905) in 1902 and the barrel vaulted porch by Peter McGregor Chalmers (1859-1922) was commissioned and funded by Charles Shulze of Brunswickhill as a memorial to his two sons killed in the 1ST World War. The carved figure of Christ is and exact replica of that in Amiens Cathedral, France, where they died. Bronze memorial wall plaques to all men lost from the congregation in both wars line the porch.

Several of the stained glass windows have been replaced by clear glazing, but a few remain notably, St Peter and Paul (1911) and Abraham and Moses (1906) by Douglas Strachan and The Good Samaritan of circa 1880 dominating the N wall. In 2003 a window by Eilidh Keith was donated by the Scottish College of Textiles to commemorate their long association with Galashiels.

The Church Halls of 1927 were built when Dr. Langlands was Minister. Langlands, a badmington enthusiast, stipulated the hall be built to the dimensions of a double badmington court, hence its lofty proportions.

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