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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