Roystonhill Spire is the only remaining part of Townhead-Blochairn Parish Church (built 1866) which featured glass by Cottier and Morris, and sculptures by Mossman.
The church was demolished in 1997 but the Morris stained glass windows were preserved and are now in the Burrell collection. The landmark Spire was saved by a determined community campaign, and was restored in 2001. It is now the centrepiece of a park.
Historical interpretation panels were installed in 2020, which display rare images of the stained glass – and mosaics, to be installed in 2021, were created by the community on local history themes.
The Spire Park was designed by MB Landscape Architects for Rosemount Development Trust. Planting includes native and heritage species, and the design outlines the footprint of the former church building.
Next door at 174 Roystonhill is the former church hall – now the Roystonhill Community Hub – opened in 2019, and designed by MAST Architects for Spire View Housing Association.
Roystonhill is one of the highest hills in the city and the park has good views across the city to the south.
Information panels describe architectural features nearby, and QR codes link to further information and an audio tour.
Rosemount Development Trust is a non-profit charity formed in 1989 in Royston, Glasgow.
After a successful local campaign Roystonhill Spire was restored in 2001 and in 2005 Rosemount Development Trust formed Roystonhill Spire and Park Ltd, which took on responsibility for maintenance and preservation of the Spire and surrounding parkland.
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