Websters


(Webster's Theatre, Lansdowne Parish Church)

An entertainment venue on Great Western Road in the West End of Glasgow, Webster's Theatre occupies the A-listed former Lansdowne Parish Church on the left bank of the River Kelvin. It offers a variety of theatre, comedy and live music events, with seating for an audience of 300 in the sanctuary, while in the former church hall is a 55 seat playhouse, a bar and snug, with a beer garden at the front wrapping around into North Woodside Road. The venue also hosts conferences and community events.

The building is considered to be the finest example of Gothic Revival church in the city, designed by John Honeyman (1831 - 1914) for the United Presbyterian Church. It was consecrated in 1863 and features slender spire, which rises to 66.5m / 218 feet, fine carved stonework by John Mossman (1817-90) and notable stained glass by Alf Webster (1883 - 1915), for whom the venue is named. Webster's stained-glass windows are regarded as some of his best, completed in 1913, shortly before he lost his life in France during the First World War. The building became Lansdowne Parish Church in 1929, through merger of the United Free Church of Scotland with the Church of Scotland. The building fell from use in 2014 when the congregation united with that of Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church to form Kelvinbridge Parish Church.

The venue is managed by a charity closely associated with the Four Acres Charitable Trust which was responsible for Cottiers in Dowanhill, working in partnership with the Church of Scotland which continues to own the building.


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