St Martin's Church, Castlemilk (Gillespie, Kidd and Coia)

Scope and Content

Job files, images and drawings related to project

Administrative / Biographical History

The Church & Presbytery of St Martin's, Castlemilk stands on an outcrop of rock on the north side of Ardencraig Rd with the grassy slopes and trees of Cathkin Braes forming a picturesque background. The Church seats 600 people & incorporates a Sanctuary, two side Altars, a Shrine to St Martin, a Baptistry, Choir Gallery, and Sacristies for Priests and boys. The Presbytery has accommodation for 3 priests. Both buildings are in grey facing brick & exposed concrete with copper roofs & Afrormosia windows & doors. The existing rock face & trees on the site were preserved to advantage & exploited with a series of terraces & staircases to give a dramatic approach.

Inside both the Church & the Presbytery, extensive use was made of natural materials to provide a rich architectural effect & at the same time to afford low maintenance costs over the years. The Church roof is a combination of parabolic timber vaults, and painted plastered ceilings & incorporates natural lighting from hidden clerestories. The Pulpit & Sedillia wall were built of the same brick & enclose the marble Sanctuary floor on which is set the cantilevered free-stone Altar.

The Tabernacle & candlesticks were made especially for the church. The Stations of the Cross were carved into the jambs of 14 specially designed small windows.


The material has been arranged using a modified Gillespie Kidd and Coia project reference code. Its original code was identical to that used for St Peter's Seminary, Cardross.

Access Information

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Catalogued by Tracy Wilkinson, GKC Project Archivist

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.