The Langside Synagogue (Yiddish: לאַנגסייד שול) is a former Orthodox Jewish synagogue, located near Govanhill in Glasgow, Scotland. It opened in May 1927 and closed in 2014. Whilst active, the congregation worshiped in the Ashkenazi rite.

Langside Synagogue
The synagogue in 2010, prior to its closure
AffiliationOrthodox Judaism (former)
RiteNusach Ashkenaz
Ecclesiastical or organisational statusSynagogue (1927–2014)
StatusClosed; and sold
Location125 Niddrie Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland G42 8QA
CountryUnited Kingdom
Langside Synagogue is located in Scotland
Langside Synagogue
Location of the former synagogue in Scotland
Geographic coordinates55°50′07″N 4°16′11″W / 55.83536°N 4.26985°W / 55.83536; -4.26985
Architect(s)Waddell & Young
TypeSynagogue architecture
Date establishedc. 1915 (as a congregation)
Listed Building – Category C(S)
Designated14 September 2020
Reference no.LB52561



The congregation was established in c. 1915 as the Langside Hebrew Congregation and worshiped from premises located at 1 Cromwell Road, Glasgow, until the new synagogue was completed.[1][2]

Construction of the new synagogue, on Niddrie Road, began in 1926 and the building was opened in May 1927.[3] It was designed by Waddell & Young and its interior was designed by Harris Berkowitch. It was one of the only purpose-built synagogues in Scotland and one of two synagogues of Eastern European style in the United Kingdom. The interior has folk art-style features including woodcarvings and wall-paintings which are similar to synagogues in Romania, Poland, and Ukraine, reflecting the Eastern European heritage of the synagogue's membership. It is also one of a few synagogues in Glasgow to have survived since the interwar period.[4]

It closed in 2014 and was sold in 2019.[citation needed] Some of the interior decoration, including the ark and bimah, were removed after the building closed and went to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Garnethill.[3]

Following an "overwhelming" and "unprecedented" campaign of support,[5] it was made a Category C listed building on 14 September 2020. The features which were considered as significant were the mainly unaltered exterior, the Eastern European design which is rare in the United Kingdom, the fact that it was one of the only purpose-built synagogues in Scotland and the contribution it has to the study of the early 20th-century Jewish community in Glasgow. The single-story addition at the back of the building was not included in the listed designation.[6]

The synagogue building was listed for sale, by auction, in 2021.[7] Following sale of the synagogue, there was a resurgent local Jewish community who expressed interest in re-opening the synagogue for services and as a community centre for Govanhill.[8][9]

See also



  1. ^ "Langside Hebrew Congregation (closed)". Jewish Small Communities Network. 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2024.
  2. ^ "Queen's Park Synagogue and Langside Synagogue". SGHET. 2024. Retrieved 15 April 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Call for comments on decision to list Langside Synagogue in Crosshill". Glasgow Times. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Langside Synagogue in Glasgow given official protection". BBC News. 15 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Designating Former Langside Synagogue, Glasgow". Historic Environment Scotland - Citizen Space. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Former Langside Synagogue, 125 Niddrie Road, excluding the later single-storey, flat-roofed addition to the rear, Glasgow (LB52561)". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  7. ^ "SALE BY ONLINE AUCTION 25TH FEBRUARY 2021, Former Langside Synagogue, 125 Niddrie Road, Glasgow, G42 8QA". NovaLoca. February 2021. Retrieved 15 April 2024.
  8. ^ "The Jewish anarchists fighting to save Langside synagogue". BBC News. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Jewish groups alarm at sale of historic synagogue". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 24 February 2021.