St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross

The original St Peter’s College was situated in Bearsden. This building was destroyed by fire in 1946, when the college moved to Darlieth House and then to Kilmahew House at Cardross in 1948.

The concept of a new seminary did not arise until 1953 with Gillespie, Kidd and Coia providing the architectural expertise. Construction started in 1961 and was completed in 1968, although the seminary was officially opened in November 1966.

The original Kilmahew House is a Scottish Baronial mansion built in 1865-8 to the designs of John Burnet for John William Burns, who was the son of the founder of the Cunard Line.

During 1959-66 the mansion was refurbished alongside the building of the seminary.

The seminary closed in 1980 after only 14 years of operation. Kilmahew House succumbed to fire in 1995 and was subsequently demolished.

Ordnance Survey Location : NS354774


Flickr Photographs HERE

Web Links

Secret Scotland
Risky Buildings
Twentieth Century Society
Virtual Restoration
Glasgow Architecture
Submit Response – 2003 Photographs
Guardian Article
Times Article


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