Govan Old Church & Govan Stones / 3
miles southwest of Glasgow centre.
The Govan Old Church is one of the lesser
known attractions in Glasgow, but also one of
the most interesting, and historic. Situated in
the centre of Govan, 50 yards west of Govan
The Govan Stones are 31 pieces of early
Medieval sculptures from the 9th to 11th
centuries. These range from an ornate solid
stone sarcophagus, to a number of carved stone
slabs, and the largest collection of hogback
stones in Scotland, thought to have been used
as grave markers.
The stones are said to commemorate the power
of those who ruled the old Kingdom of
The Hogback stones are thought to Viking
Govan Old Church is the oldest place of
worship in Glasgow, believed to have been the
centre of the ancient Kingdom of Strathclyde.
The church building on the site today, was
constructed in 1888.
Govan Old Church worship takes place: Monday
to Friday, at 10am, for about 15 mins.
Govan Old Church
Google Map . Postcode: G51 3UU. Tel: 0141
FREE Admission and Tours available most days
The kirkyard of Govan Old Church is said to be
the burial ground for the Kings of Strathclyde,
from the ninth to eleventh centuries AD,
although there are no names on the old grave
markers to confirm this.
Many prominent citizens of Govan still want
to be have their burial service at Govan Old
Church. The most well known and respected to
have a burial service there recently, was
Jimmy Reid, the
Scottish trade union activist, politician, and
journalist, born in Govan on the 9th July 1932,
and died 10th August 2010.
Govan was originally an agricultural and
fishing village that grew through weaving,
light engineering, and in the early 1900s, was
one of Scotland's largest ship-building
Govan has a good selection of impressive
buildings, such as the Pearce Buidling, named
in honour of Sir William Pearce, the British
shipbuilder that founded the Fairfield
Shipbuilding and Engineering Company in Govan.
Large Image . Govan Centre Large Image.
The Govan Ferry runs for a few weeks each
summer between Govan centre and the Riverside
Museum of Transport, a two minute trip that is
normally free. Govan Ferry Image.
Information and Ships Built . Kings of
Strathclyde Information .
23 Large images of
Govan Church & Stones