kids encyclopedia robot

South Wishaw Parish Church facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
South Wishaw Parish Church
55°46′20.3″N 3°55′8.7″W / 55.772306°N 3.919083°W / 55.772306; -3.919083
Location East Academy Street, Wishaw, ML2 8GB
Country Scotland
Denomination Church of Scotland
Status Church
Functional status Active
Presbytery Hamilton Presbytery

South Wishaw Parish Church is a Parish church of the Church of Scotland, serving the Southern area of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire(stretching from the Main Street down to the banks of the River Clyde - including Pather, Netherton, and the southern part of the town centre). It is within the Church of Scotland's Presbytery of Hamilton.

The building

The main church building was designed by Alexander Hinshelwood and constructed in 1874. It is described as a Gothic, gabled rectangular-plan church with: a square 3-stage belltower to NE corner with stone spire, squared yellow sandstone coursers with ashlar margins, set-back gabletted buttresses with sawtooth coping and hooded pointed-arch windows with chamfered reveals.

The original interior is described as a galleried interior, entered from the narthex with flanking stairs to gallery. Boarded dado and timber pews. Cast-iron columns supporting panelled gallery around three sides. Communion table in front of ornately carved timber pulpit with stair access and timber gothic panelled organ and case behind.

The Church Hall was designed by Malcolm Ross and constructed in 1903. This provided much needed space with a Large Hall, Small Hall, Kitchen and Toilets and originally contained the Church Officer's accommodation, now extra hall and office space.


South Wishaw Parish Church was formed by the union of the former Thornlie and Chalmers Churches in 2004. The suite of buildings chosen by the Church of Scotland for use of the new united congregation was the buildings on East Academy Street (formerly Chalmers Church). The now redundant buildings (Thornlie Church, Hall and Manse along with Chalmers Manse) were marketed and sold. A new manse for the Manse Family was purchased just outside the Parish boundary but within walking distance of the Church.


The Church and Hall Accommodation were refurbished during 2012/13. The original galleried interior was transformed by the removal of the side galleries, the downstairs pews and the now redundant pipe organ. The original narthex area has been enlarged and a glass wall inserted linking the sanctuary to the narthex. A disabled toilet has been installed in the narthex. The floor is of engineered oak, and the seating is now flexible and comfortable. A multi-media system was installed with screens and monitors through the sanctuary, allowing multiple uses, with internet and TV access.

The Large hall has been transformed. By removing the old stage area, a new state of the art, industrial kitchen has been installed. Above this area is much needed storage. The old kitchen area has been converted into a computer suite with 10 internet enabled computers, for use of the community and community groups (such as Citizens Advice).

The remaining areas have been re-painted and re-floored, creating a fresh and welcoming building.

There is one final Phase of the Refurbishment outstanding to date. It is hoped that the entrance area into the Hall Accommodation will be expanded to create a meeting place, that can be utilized along with the improved facilities.


The Rev Dr Klaus of Buwert, LLB BD served as Minister until October 2013 when he translated to Muthil with Trinity Gask and Kinkell in the Presbytery of Perth. Klaus was called to serve in Wishaw initially in 1999 to the congregation of Thornlie Church. The three Church of Scotland congregations had a Vision for the 21st Century where a new church building would be established in the centre of town, equipped and fit for serving the town and the Lord for many years to come. Sadly this vision didn't carry through to the original plans, but it was this vision that brought Klaus and his family to Wishaw.

Prior to serving in Wishaw, Klaus was minister of the Linked Charged of Kinlochleven with Nether Lochaber from 1981 - 1999.

The Rev Terence C Moran was inducted as the Minister on 27 August 2015.

kids search engine
South Wishaw Parish Church Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.