The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Leith, City of Edinburgh

Leith on Wikipedia.

Baptist Church on Madeira Street. Built 1884-5, it was the second Baptist Church on the site, having been preceded by a tin tabernacle of 1875. Two additional views - 1, 2, the latter also showing North Leith Church in the background. NT 2633 7646. Howard Richter (2013). Link. Grade C (S) listed.

The soon-to-be-demolished Citadel Salvation Army Hall on Bangor Road. Rob Brettle (2007). Despite Rob advising that it was to be demolished, it remained standing as of 2020, as Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (2020 Streetview). Link.

Destiny Church on Casselbank Street (previously Hope Street). A Geograph entry (which shows earlier signage) says that it has been a church since 1936, and Destiny since circa 2004. NT 2685 7582. Steve Bulman (2023). Facebook. Its Category B listing has it as Elim Pentecostal Church, and dates the building originally to 1885.

Freedom Centre International (Pentecostal) on Lorne Street is the former St. Paul. It's dated by Pevsner to 1884-5. NT 2681 7541. Steve Bulman (2024).

Grace Church (entrance is immediately to the right of the small yellow sign) on Shrubhill Walk, as seen by Streetview in 2023. Circa NT 2643 7502. Link.

A distant view of Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) on Sherriff Brae. Originally built as St. Thomas in 1840-3, it has been a temple since 1976. NT 2674 7635. Steve Bulman (2015). Link.

Leith Free Church on Casselbank Street (previously Hope Street). The church website, which is still available at the time of writing, says the church has closed. NT 2684 7583. Steve Bulman (2023). Its Category B listing has it as Elder Memorial Free Church, and dates it to 1899-1900.

The site on Ferry Road where North Leith Free Church once stood is now occupied by St. Nicholas Court - a sheltered housing development. The spire of the Parish Church can be seen at right. It was preceded by an earlier church of 1844 on the corner of Coburg Street and North Junction Street, at about NT 265 765. The replacement church (i.e. the subject of this entry) opened in 1859. Known as St. Nicholas from 1929, and St. Ninian's Ferry Road from 1962, it was sold in 1985. See here for a fuller history. There is an extremely distant view of the church here - silhouetted against the water near the left hand edge is a tall chimney. Going right a little way are two spires, the left-most is the parish church, the next the Free Church. NT 263 764. Howard Richter (2013). Canmore.

North Leith Parish Church (1813-16, CoS) on Madeira Street. It replaced the earlier parish church, St. Ninian, which stood on Quayside Street at about NT 268 7652, a photo of which (or at least, of the manse) is available here on the RCHMS website. Another view. NT 2627 765. Both Howard Richter (2013). Link - see also their interesting history page. Grade A listed.

Our Lady of Pochayev and St Andrew (Ukrainian Catholic) on Dalmeny Street was originally built as United Presbyterian in 1882. NT 2676 7525. Steve Bulman (2015). Link.

St. Andrew (CoS). Alastair Cameron. Link.

Not a very good photo of the former St. James (Episcopal) on Constitution Street. Its Category B listing dates it to 1862-5 by G.G. Scott. This source says it was closed in the late 1970's. NT 2720 7611. Steve Bulman (2023).

The former St. John's East Church on Constitution Street. Its Geograph entry says it closed in 1954. NT 2725 7627. Steve Bulman (2023). Category C listed, wherein it's dated to 1773, later remodelled.

St. Mary's Star of the Sea (R.C.) on Constitution Street. NT 2714 7619. Steve Bulman (2023). Link. Its Category B listing dates it to 1853-4 by Pugin.

The former St. Ninian on Commercial Street. After its closure, it was run as a bar and restaurant until a severe fire in 2007 (see news item). Alan Craxford.

South Leith Baptist Church on Casselbank Street (previously Hope Street). NT 2684 7588. Steve Bulman (2023). Link. Its Category C listing dates it to 1893-4.

South Leith Parish Church on Kirkgate. The site has a long history, but the present church dates from 1847-8. Pevsner is less than complimentary, describing it as "stodgy". NT 2704 7607. Link1. Link2.

The former U.R.C. on Duke Street, demolished in 2005. Alastair advises that the new building (flats) will incorporate a new church building on the ground floor. Alastair Cameron.





18 April 2024

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