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Churches in Broughton, Bruntsfield & Merchiston, Calton, Canonmills, Craigmillar, Cramond, Dean, Duddingston and Willowbrae, First New Town, Gayfield, Gorgie, Grange, Granton, Ingliston, Leith, Morningside, Newington, Northern New Town, Old Town, Pilrig, Portobello, South Queensferry, South Side, South West, Stockbridge, Western New Town. Some links will open another page.

The former Glasite Meeting House on Barony Street and Albany Lane. Its grade A listing dates it to 1836. Kevin advises that this was the final Glasite place of worship when it closed in 1988. The main worship room is now in use as an art gallery. It had no windows, just a large cupola to let in light. After worship the congregation gathered in the Feast Room for lunch (the feast table is original), and the typical fare gave it the nickname of the Kale Kirk. NT 2571 7451. All Kevin Price (2021). Some background on the Glasites is available here on Wikipedia. More photos can be seen here, including one of the church notice board.

Bruntsfield & Merchiston
Barclay Church, (CoS., formerly Free Church) on Bruntsfield Place.
NT 249 725. Steve Bulman. Another view. Mehmood Naqshbandi (2009). An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Methodist Church on Dunbar Street. Steve Bulman.
Viewforth Parish Church (St. David & St. Oswald, CoS) on Gilmore Place. NT 243 725.
Mehmood Naqshbandi (2009). Link.

Greenside Parish Church (1839, tower 1852, CoS) on Royal Terrace. Steve Bulman. Link.

Canonmills Baptist Church on Canonmills. NT 2530 7505. The congregation have only been here since 1988, their previous home (now demolished) was on Dublin Street. Architects drawings for the old church dated 1856 are available here. It stood at about NT 2557 7449. Howard Richter (2013). Link (history).

The former St. Andrew (Episcopal, 1900 [Pevsner]) on Newcraighall Road, now in secular use. Closed on or before 1977, when it became an arts centre (see here - note also the contradictory date for the church of 1904). NT 311 716.
Howard Richter (2013). Grade B listed.

Cramond Kirk (CoS) on Cramond Glebe Road. The present church dates from the 15th century (the tower), though it stands on the site of earlier churches, and ultimately, a Roman Fort. Another view. Both
Norman Cummings (2014). Link.

Bristo Baptist Church (1935) on Queensferry Road and Dean Path. The spire of Dean Parish Church is visible at right. NT 238 741. Steve Bulman (2013). Link, which includes an interesting history, and which lists numerous previous buildings used for worship before the present church was built.
The former Dean Free Church (1888) on Belford Road and Douglas Gardens, now in secular use. Another view. Circa NT 238 737. Both Steve Bulman (2013).
Dean Parish Church (1903, on the site of an earlier church) on Dean Path and Ravelston Terrace. Another view. NT 238 741. Both Steve Bulman (2013). Link.
A distant view of the former Holy Trinity Episcopal Church (1837-8) on Dean Bridge and Queensferry Road. Since 1957 it has been used as an electricity sub-station. NT 242 741. Steve Bulman (2013). Grade B listed.

Duddingston and Willowbrae
Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland on London Road and Marionville Road. It opened in 1900 as Abbeyhill United Free Church. It has a "jolly interior" according to Pevsner. NT 274 744.
Howard Richter (2013). Link1, with history here. Link2. News item. Grade B listed.

First New Town.

Christadelphian Church on Gayfield Place. NT 262 746. Howard Richter (2013). Link.

Parish Church (CoS). Rob Brettle.
Former Salvation Army hall. Rob Brettle.

Salisbury Church, earlier the United Presbyterian Church. Many thanks to Jean Walker for advising that it is now redundant, and being used as a lighting showroom. The congregation moved to Mayfield, and is now known as the Mayfield-Salisbury Church of Scotland (see Newington, below). Steve Bulman.

Granton Salvation Army Hall on Warddieburn Avenue. Rob Brettle.

The Prayer Room at Edinburgh Airport. Janet Gimber (2016).

Leith, Morningside.

Duncan Street Baptist Church, on Duncan Street. Steve Bulman. Link.
Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church (CoS) on West Mayfield and Mayfield Road. Steve Bulman. Link.
Priestfield Church on Dalkeith Road, built as Rosehall United Presbyterian in 1877. Another view. Both Steve Bulman (2015). Link.

Northern New Town
The former Catholic Apostolic Church on Broughton Street (interior view only), now the Traquair Centre. Aidan McRae Thomson. Link.
The former St. Stephen on St. Vincent Street, for sale in 2013. NT 249 745. Steve Bulman (2013). Link (with interior views).
St. Vincent (1857, Episcopal) on St. Vincent Street. NT 249 745. Steve Bulman (2013).

Old Town.

St. Paul (CoS) on Pilrig Street. Also known as Pilrig and Dalmeny Street CHurch, it was built in 1861-3 as a Free Church. NT 265 751.
Mehmood Naqshbandi (2009). Another view, Steve Bulman (2015). Link.
Former Salvation Army Hall, on McDonald Road, now in secular use. Rob Kinnon-Brettle. Rob reports (2017) that the building has been demolished.


South Queensferry
The Auld Vennel Kirk (now used as an art gallery). Bill Henderson.
The Parish Church. Bill Henderson.
The Priory Scottish Episcopal Church. Bill Henderson.

South Side.

South West
Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart on Lauriston Street. Janet Gimber (2012). Link.
The derelict Lauriston United Presbyterian Church (1859). Janet Gimber (2012). Link.
St. Catharine's Convent of Mercy (R.C.) on Lauriston Gardens (St. Catherine in Pevsner). Janet Gimber (2012). Link.
The former St. Cuthbert's Free Church on Spittal Street, now in use as a clinic. The church hall may also have been a church at one time. Both Janet Gimber (2012).
St. Mark (Unitarian) on Castle Terrace. Steve Bulman. Link.

The former Salvation Army Hall at 13 Hamilton Place. Rob Brettle.
The former Stockbridge Free Church on Deanhaugh Street. Only the tower survived the demolition in 1980. Steve Bulman (2013).

Western New Town
Palmerston Place Church (CoS) on Palmerston Place is dated by Pevsner to 1873-5, as United Presbyterian. NT 2414 7337. Steve Bulman (2022). Link.
The former Roseburn Free Church on Hampton Terrace, later Wester Coates Parish Church, and now home to the Scottish Bible Society. It's dated in Pevsner to 1867-8. NT 2332 7317. Steve Bulman (2022).
St. George West on Stafford Street and Shandwick Place. Originally St. George's Free Church, built in 1866-9. NT 2450 7359. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. A modern view, Steve Bulman (2013).
At some point after my 2013 visit, the church was re-named as Charlotte Chapel (Baptist), following the re-location of the congregation from Charlotte Street Baptist Chapel (on Rose Street), for which see the Old Town page. Link.
St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral on Palmerston Place and Manor Place. Three more views - 1, 2, 3, the main door with fabulous ironwork, four of the interior - 1, 2, 3, 4, the altar, organ, and pelican lectern. NT 2414 7350. All Steve Bulman (2022). Link. Category A listed.
St. Thomas on Rutland Place, now a bar. Pevsner dates it to 1842-3, as CoE. It must have closed as a church no later than 1958, which is when Pevsner says a floor was inserted. NT 2465 7364. Steve Bulman (2022). Link.





04 March 2023

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