All Hallows Church

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In 1828 the mediaeval building of All Hallows Church, in Inchinnan, was in a dangerous condition and a new church of the period was erected by Major Archibald Campbell. At the end of the 19th Century Archibald, the first Baron Blythswood, financed the building of a new church.

This was built around the existing one so that services could continue during construction. The building was consecrated on 6th June 1904, being dedicated to All Hallows. The construction of the new airport for Glasgow at Abbotsinch resulted in the demolition of All Hallows Church. The closing service was held on 20th June 1965. Worship continued in the Church hall nearby till June 1968.

Little of the original church remains above ground. A cycle track is to be built along the side of the site which may cause some disruption and possibly destruction of archaeological remains. The nearby river is tidal and the site sometimes floods so the project is not without its challenges.

St Conval came here from Ireland in the 6th Century and is alleged to have sailed over on a rock now sited near the Normandy Hotel (St Conval’s Chariot). Beside it is another stone known as The Argyll Stone. The original site of these stones is unknown. Some the stones associated with the site appear to have been broken up – why? The early church on the site was a Knights Templar church – what special associations did it have for them? The original church foundations are thought to date from around 1100. That church was demolished in 1828. Roy’s Military Map 1752-55 shows a manse and other buildings around the church. Perhaps it was a monastic sanctuary with stone crosses marking the boundaries?

See also:
Inchinnan Church
Douglas armorials

 

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Sources for this article include:

•  Inchinnan Historical Interest Group

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