Govan Old Parish Church

  • Detail of Govan Old Parish Church

Lead Partner: Govan Workspace

Other Partners: Local congregation, Glasgow Presbytery, Trustees of Church of Scotland

Project Team: Page & Park; Gardiner & Theobald; Robertson & McIntosh.


Project History
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Greater Govan & Glasgow Harbour, Govan


The national significance of Govan Old has been compared by academics to that of Iona, Whithorn and St. Andrews. The Govan site is the oldest known Christian settlement on the River Clyde and has an ancient burial ground dating back to the 5th century. Its collection of 31 early medieval sculptures, including the Govan Sarcophagus, is unparalleled in Scotland. It is believed there has been continuing Christian worship on the site for at least 1,500 years. A key aspiration of the study is for worship to continue there as part of future plans.


Historical Background

The Category 'A' listed Govan Old Parish Church was built in 1884-8 and occupies the site of at least three previous churches. An important collection of 31 medieval carved stones is housed in the church and entry to visit The Govan Stones is free.  Find out more about Govan Old Parish Church on the Clyde Waterfront Heritage website.


Current status:

Church continues to be used for daily worship.



Study completed 2010


Options Appraisal Study - £31,000