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The Tower

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Argyll & Bute

THE roots of Helensburgh’s now closed St Columba Church sprang from a group of Dissenters who met fortnightly in the Baths Hotel for Sunday worship, often with a visiting minister. The hotel was owned by a prominent member of the group, Mrs Margaret Bell, widow of Henry Bell, first Provost of Helensburgh, after raising funds, The architects, Messrs. Brown and Carrick of Glasgow were employed to build the dissenters church with the foundation stone being laid on March 11 1845.

 The Church was purchased in recent years by a local entrepreneur and opened as a charitable arts centre for the benefit of all the community. The Church is now home to The Tower Digital Arts Centre, offering a variety of community initiatives all while providing new release cinema on your doorstep!


Key Information

Architect: Messrs. Brown and Carrick of Glasgow

Building Date: 1845

Where to find us

  • 79-81 Sinclair Street
  • Helensburgh
  • G84 8TR