Basic Site Details

Name: Elder Memorial Free Church
Town, district or village: Leith
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: British Architect 4 January 1901 Page 5:
The erection of the Elder memorial Church in Hope Street, Leith, has been completed. The new church is in the late Gothic style and consists of a nave and aisles, the nave being divided into four bays with octagonal stone columns. At the north end there is a gallery and at the south end a rectangular apse which contains the pulpit and communion table. Behind the apse there is a gallery for the choir and organ. The outside of the building is divided into four bays corresponding with those in the interior by deeply projecting buttresses and the walls are crowned with stone-battlemented parapets. The church has accommodation for 600 persons and behind it is a hall seated for 200 persons while, in addition, a vestry, session house, and ladies’ room have also been constructed. The architects were Messrs Sydney Mitchell and Wilson of Edinburgh.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Casselbank StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Hope Street Former name


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2Late 1900(?) Completion 
Item 2 of 21901   


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 4John Galt MitchellArchitectA1900 As assistant to Sydney Mitchell & Wilson
Item 2 of 4Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitectABefore 19001901 
Item 3 of 4George WilsonArchitectABefore 19001901 
Item 4 of 4Sydney Mitchell & WilsonArchitectural practiceABefore 19001901 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp452

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2British Architect4 January 1901  p5
Item 2 of 2Builder17 February 1900   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Neil DarlingtonInformation sent via DSA website sent October 2009
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesLeith Dean of Guild Plans 11 July 1899
Item 3 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27088 
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Galt Mitchell: L v1 no91 (microfilm reel 29)