Basic Site Details

Name: Chalmers Memorial Free Church
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: See separate entry for 'Design for Romanesque Church with Campanile' by Baird & Thomson, 1850s - perhaps the original design for this church.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Govan Street Free Church  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 242-50, Ballater StreetYes 
Item 2 of 242-50, Govan Street Original address


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61859 Construction 
Item 2 of 61871  Hall added
Item 3 of 61873  Church enlarged
Item 4 of 61896  Partly demolished
Item 5 of 61899  Altered internally by H D Walton
Item 6 of 61971 DemolitionGutted by fire and demolished


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 10A & G ThomsonArchitectural practiceA1859  
Item 2 of 10Alexander ThomsonArchitectA1859  
Item 3 of 10George ThomsonArchitectA1859  
Item 4 of 10A & G ThomsonArchitectural practiceB1871 Addition of hall
Item 5 of 10Alexander ThomsonArchitectB1871 Addition of hall
Item 6 of 10George ThomsonArchitectB1871 Addition of hall
Item 7 of 10A & G ThomsonArchitectural practiceC1873 Church enlarged
Item 8 of 10Alexander ThomsonArchitectC1873 Church enlarged
Item 9 of 10George ThomsonArchitectC1873 Church enlarged
Item 10 of 10Henry Denison WaltonArchitectD1899 Internal alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Free Church Congregation 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Law, Graham1954Greek Thomsoncxv, May 1954Architectural Review, May 1954 (Publication of 1960 Cambridge dissertation, original at NMRS)Illustration
Item 2 of 3Nicholson, Jane or Thomson, Amelia Memoir of Alexander Thomson Written for Alexander Thomson Memorial 
Item 3 of 3Stamp, Gavin1999Alexander Thomson: The Unknown Genius London: Lawrence King, in association with Glasgow 1999 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Alexander Thomson Society NewsletterJune 1993no 7  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Glasgow City ArchivesFrank Worsdall's Collection on Greek Thomson, including job list and photograph list  
Item 2 of 2Glasgow Institute of ArchitectsBiographical sketch and job list of Greek Thomson by Rev John Stark, 1879