Interesting churches: Our Holy Redeemer’s, Clydebank
Our Holy Redeemer’s church was opened on October 12th 1903, and was the first dedicated Catholic church to open in the town of Clydebank, where I grew up. The construction of Our Holy Redeemer’s (OHR) was funded by the first Catholic settlers of Clydebank, and my own great grandparents would have been amongst them. I have always found OHR an interesting church because of the historical connection to my own family, as well as the historic importance of OHR church in the local area.
The architect of OHR church and presbytery was Peter Paul Pugin. He was the youngest son of the famous architect Ausustus Welby Pugin (who designed the Houses of Parliament in Westminster). Built using red ashlar-fronted sandstone, Our Holy Redeemer’s church in Clydebank is situated on the main Glasgow road on the banks of the River Clyde, standing out as a very distinctive old red building, amongst what is otherwise unimpressive scenery.