Designating Former Langside Synagogue, Glasgow

Closed 28 Aug 2020

Opened 12 Aug 2020

Feedback updated 15 Sep 2020

We asked

From 8 August to 28 August 2020, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) sought views on our proposal to designate the former Langside Synagogue in the Crosshill area of Glasgow, as a category C listed building.

The building is rare surviving example of a purpose-built synagogue in Scotland and was found to meet our criteria for designation. The use of traditional Eastern European folk-art style elements is particularly rare and reflects the synagogue’s early 20th century congregation. It is of significant historical interest for what it can tell us about the development of the Jewish community in Glasgow in the early 20th century.

Download our assessment on the reasons for listing on the Historic Environment Portal.

You said

We had an overwhelming response, with over 840 individuals and groups from all over the world contacting us in support of listing. The level of interest shown both locally and internationally for this building and Scotland’s Jewish heritage was unprecedented. It was especially important to hear your thoughts about the special architectural and historic interest of the building and we took this into account in our decision making.

A large number of the responses showed concerns about the future of the building and the possibility that it might be demolished or privately developed.

We did

After considering the comments received during the consultation, we have now listed the former Langside Synagogue at category C.

The listed building record can be accessed on our Historic Environment Portal.


More Information

You can find out more about listing in our booklet, Scotland’s Listed Buildings or find out more on our website: 

Our website also has more detail about the Listed Building Consent (LBC) and Conservation Area Consent (CAC) processes, as well as information on how to apply. There is additional guidance in our Managing Change series of publications.


The former Langside Synagogue in Glasgow is one of a small number of purpose-built synagogues to survive in Scotland and is among a small number built overall. The synagogue closed in 2014. 

The former Langside Synagogue is of significant social historical interest for what it can tell us about the Jewish Community in Glasgow in the early 20th century.

We have launched this public consultation to gather views on listing this notable building at Category C, in recognition of its special historic and architectural interest. Find out more about listed buildings.

Members of the public are encouraged to send in their views and comments.
Email your comments about this case.

Find out what comments we consider and what happens next in our guide.