Basic Site Details

Name: St Cuthbert's Parish Church
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Parish Church  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Lothian RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 12October 1773 CompletionJames Weir contracted to complete the structure to amended designs on foundations already laid. There is no documentary evidence that he provided the amended design.
Item 2 of 1217891790Build/construction 
Item 3 of 12April 1789 ProposedHeritors decided to build steeple by subscription according to a plan 'marked by the Praeses as relative thereto'
Item 4 of 121790 CompletionSteeple - 'the steeple of St Cuthbert's Church is now finished...Mr Stephen, the builder of this elegant structure, was also the builder of St Andrew's Church steeple, and the drawbridge at leith, the masterly execution of which does him great honour as an architect'. (Caledonian mercury 8 July 1790)
Item 5 of 121796 AdditionPorch at east end added
Item 6 of 121889  Design for proposed improvements exhibited. Also exhibited 1890
Item 7 of 1218921895  
Item 8 of 12May 1892  Begun 1892 see Builder 12 May 1894
Item 9 of 121894 Design exhibited 
Item 10 of 121899  Design for organ cases
Item 11 of 12November 1920  Proposed memorial chapel - plans dated
Item 12 of 121928  Alterations to chancel


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8James WeirArchitect, WrightGOctober 1773 Was contracted to complete the structure on foundations already laid. Authorship of amended design not given in Heritors Records.
Item 2 of 8Alexander Stevens juniorEngineerF17891790Steeple - was builder and may have been the designer
Item 3 of 8James BrownArchitectE1796 Porch at east end of church - since demolished.
Item 4 of 8Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitectB18921895Improvements/rebuilding
Item 5 of 8Louis David BlancArchitectB18921895Improvements/rebuilding - as assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 6 of 8Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitectA1899 Organ cases designed
Item 7 of 8Peter Macgregor ChalmersArchitectC1920 Memorial chapel
Item 8 of 8James Inch MorrisonArchitect 1928 Alterations to chancel

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 2St Cuthbert Parish Church, War Memorial Chapel 
Item 2 of 2St Cuthbert's Parish Churchyard, Monument ot the Gordons of ClunyCarved by P B Smith.

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1St Cuthbert's Parish Church, font 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 11Academy Architecture1895   p55
Item 2 of 11Academy Architecture1907 Part 2 p86
Item 3 of 11Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 4 of 11Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp274-276
Item 5 of 11Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1894, no 1726
Item 6 of 11RSA1889   758 (sketch design)
Item 7 of 11RSA1890   429 (Design for reconstruction)
Item 8 of 11RSA1895   613
Item 9 of 11RSA1907   411 (Apse)
Item 10 of 11RSA1917   533 (Apse)
Item 11 of 11Sime, W1829History of the Church and Parish of St Cuthbert  p152

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder5 May 1889LVI  
Item 2 of 3Builder12 May 1894LXVI  
Item 3 of 3Caledonian Mercury8 July 1790   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27339 
Item 2 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 69/210 
Item 3 of 5National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Heritors RecordsHR 152/2Does not mention Weir.
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWatherston Collection EDD198/1 (P Macgregor Chalmers)
Item 5 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Hippolyte Jean Blanc: F v13 p142 no844 (microfilm reel 11); Louis David Blanc: L v13 no 881