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St John's Renfield Church, Glasgow

The category B listed Church in Kelvindale, designed by James Taylor Thomson, is a fine example of Modern Gothic built in 1931. During the second world war the roof took a direct bomb hit through the east end, but the lead clad fleche was unscathed, and the church was repaired. The fleche spire is a significant landmark, and exposed to the prevailing westerly weather and was in need of specialist repair and conservation.

A grant funded repair project focused on the complete recladding of the fleche leadwork and repair of it’s timber structure, and includes high level masonry repair and repointing, new cast iron rainwater goods, partial re-slating and replacement and repair of hall roofs. Specialist and detailed leadwork was hand worked on site and in the workshop. A significant timber repair of the south west corner post included splicing a section of Oregon pine and stainless steel strappings.

HS/ HLF funded project.

Client: Church of Scotland