Church Garden and Pavilion

Credit: Ross MacKay
Font within Church Pavilion – Credit: Jean Reid/New Glasgow Society
Credit: Bobby Kenney
Credit: Bobby Kenney
Credit: Fiona Langston
Credit: Fiona Langston
Credit: Fiona Langston
Credit: Fiona Langston
Credit: Violet Langston
Credit: Violet Langston
Credit: Violet Langston
Glass pavilion at Carfin
The pavilion, at current location Credit: George Walker
Chapel at Carfin
The pavilion, at current location – Credit: Frank McQuade
Renfield St Stephens, March 2022
Font at Renfield St Stephens, March 2022 – Credit: Lex Lamb
Renfield St Stephens
Font at Renfield St Stephens, March 2022 – Credit: Lex Lamb
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Pavilion, building or other structure

Current situation



Glasgow Churches Together was formed to combine the efforts of various Glasgow denominations during the Garden Festival, and to create this garden. The minister was Gordon MacRae. The centrepiece and place of worship was the Glass Chapel; Father Brian Logue later purchased the chapel for Carfin Grotto, where it stands today (as of May 2022) as Our Lady, Maid of the Seas (named in recognition of the Lockerbie tragedy, which occurred during its reconstruction). The building is used almost daily for services, and is open to the public throughout the year (photos appear on the Grotto's public Facebook pages). Another legacy of the Garden Festival was Glasgow Churches Together itself, which continues to this day. The millwheel-shaped fountain/font was converted to a fountain, which can be seen at Renfield St Stephen's, Bath Street, Glasgow - headquarters of Glasgow Churches Together.

The Pavilion incorporated a 1966 stained glass oculus window by Gordon Webster, rescued from St Mary's Partick by Michael Donnelly and incorporated in his Cottier Gallery at the People's Palace. It is now held in storage by Glasgow Museums Collections.

Director of the 'Church Garden Project' was Rev. Douglas Aitken (obituary here), who, as the recently-retired long-term BBC Scotland Senior Producer of Religious Broadcasting, was also involved with BBC Scotland's presence at the Garden Festival (interview with John Thompson)


  1. Jack Sloan says:

    Pavilion designed by Page and Park architects?

    1. Uncertain. Page\Park did design the CSS Pavilion, and we’ve had a reasonable correspondence with them on that subject. They also recently commemorated their participation in the Garden Festival – the Church Pavilion has not been mentioned in either case.

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