Sunday, 28 March 2021

Nelson Street EU Church - demolished

There's something very poignant about the destruction of a church.

The former Nelson Street Congregational Church in Greenock has just recently been demolished.  It lay derelict for a number of years - I blogged about it here.

The building opened as the Nelson Street Evangelical Union Church in June 1865.  It's architect was Thomas McClelland who worked in Greenock.  It was described as being in the early English Gothic style and had accommodation for 700 worshippers.  The first minister was Rev Alexander Davidson.  The congregation had previously worshipped in their chapel at Sir Michael Street, but had outgrown the premises, sold it and raised the money for a new church.

Contractors involved in the construction of the church in 1865 were Purdie & McWhirter (masons), Crawford & Fulton of Greenock (joiners), William Swan & Son, Greenock (slaters), Andrew Tannock, Greenock (plasterer), A Shanks & Co (plumbing), McFarlane & Peters of Glasgow (gas fitters), and John McNaught (painter).

Within the church, in the apse behind the pulpit, pride of place was given to a magnificent organ by Connacher & Co of Huddersfield. 

Look at those beautiful doors!  Such a shame that after 150 years, it came to this.  Linking with InSPIREd Sunday.  Come and have a look at some churches from around the world (hopefully still standing!).


  1. It is bad enough when a church is left unused and gets de-concentrated, one hopes it will find another use but being demolished has to be an undignified end for a place of worship

  2. Well, that is sad. It was once quite grand.

  3. It is so sad when such a monument is destroyed.
    Abundance, hope and love. Have a joyful Easter!

  4. very sad to see this chuech demolished we were married there in 1977 by REv Snoddon


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