Standing on Kilmarnock Road, St Margaret’s Newlands offers a building that invariably surprises first time visitors, and those who regularly return are always uplifted. It is a B listed building of significant architectural interest, designed by Peter McGregor Chalmers, and built at the beginning of the last century. It is built in the Romanesque style, a form popular in Edwardian times, although St Margaret’s displays continental influences, being described as a German Double Ender, a basilica with a double apse.
Stone built, it is a building of captivating harmonious proportions – solid walls, small windows, rounded arches, and a high barrel-vaulted roof. The ceilings of its two apses have mosaics of wonderful beauty. Additionally, the church houses a renowned collection of some 26 stained glass windows in a range of artistic styles, the collection accumulating from the 1920s to the 2000s.
Visitors can be guided by a fully illustrated brochure, partly funded by the Heritage lottery Fund.
This wonderful building is cherished by those who know it. Please visit and share this experience. Enjoy its architecture, explore its hidden details, and pause for some quiet reflection.
St Margaret’s Newlands is an active congregation of the Scottish Episcopal Church, a Church that is diverse in its tradition, outlook and tradition, that is firmly rooted in the life of Scotland and part of its rich history. It is also deeply committed to its membership of the world-wide Anglican communion.