Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

68-70 (EVEN NOS) LEAMINGTON TERRACE, BRUNTSFIELD EVANGELICAL CHURCH AND HALL INCLUDING BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGSLB26772

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
30/01/1981
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 24678 72337
Coordinates
324678, 672337

Description

J Russell Walker, 1882-3. Early French Gothic with corner tower and octagonal belfry; transept-style gable to Westhall Gardens. Squared and snecked sandstone; polished grey sandstone ashlar dressings. Dividing string courses; stepped buttresses; capped, finialled octagonal turrets.

TOWER (LEAMINGTON TERRACE ELEVATION): 7-stage buttressed tower. Single rectangular light to ground with gabled hoodmould. 2 rectangular lights, rising from left to right, to stage above. Pierced oculus to stage above; dressed moulding. 2 round arch slit windows. Pointed arch louvred openings to 4th stage; hoodmoulds. Arcade of 4 narrow pointed arch lights; flanking blind pointed arches to corners. Narrow pointed arch louvre opening to final stage; hoodmould; capped by gable attached to base of octagonal extinguisher.

TOWER (WESTHALL GARDENS ELEVATION): steps to gabled chamfered doorpiece; 3 nook shafts with floreate capitals; stepped cornice; tympanum pierced by 3 circular motifs; voussoirs to mouldings; hoodmould; finial; boarded door with ornamental strap hinges. Other stages as to Leamington Terrace elevation.

LEAMINGTON TERRACE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps to hoodmoulded gabled doorpiece; 2 timber doors with ornamental strap hinges; single nook shafts flanking; foliated capitals; moulded, pointed arch to each door; oculus; small round motifs; quatrefoil with central oculus set in circular moulding to tympanum above; 3 half colonnettes flanking; "Bruntsfield Evangelical Church" appears in relief on hoodmoulded voussoirs; decoratively carved trefoil to head of finialled gable; label-stop to cill; dentilled moulding to gable. Flanking, finialed gables; single light trefoil head windows; dentilled moulding to gables. Pair of wheel lights; 6 oculi around central oculus; 3 pointed arch lights with floriated colonnettes beneath wheel; moulded, chamfered, pointed arches to triforium; hoodmould. Wheel light to gable; 6 oculi around central oculus; flanking carved rosettes; large, carved, Celtic cross finial to gable. Blind arcading to pinnacles to buttresses above parapet level. Chamfered bay to outer left; 3 narrow lights, descending from left to right; band course; band of rectangular lights to eaves. Tower to outer right (described above).

WESTHALL GARDENS ELEVATION: tower and entrance to outer left (described above). Pair of hoodmoulded plate tracery windows to 2 upper floors to right. 3-light trefoil-headed windows to triforium and clerestorey in 2-bay gabled transept; continuous flanking colonnettes; dividing moulded square panels; quatrefoiled plate tracery with central oculus to head of moulded pointed arch; voussoirs; hoodmould. Pointed-arch arrow slit window to head of gable; hoodmould; flanking panels of recessed moulded quatrefoils; blind oculus set in square panel to centre; finial with carved foliage.

Timber door flanked by single-light windows in penultimate bay to right; dog-tooth mouldings; 3 pointed arch windows aligned above, descending from left to right. Pointed arch mullioned tripartites to both floors of bay to outer right; moulded oculus to centre of gable; open belfry with pyramidal roof to ridge of roof behind gable.

Leaded bars to window panes. Grey slate piended roof with pantiled ridges; skews. Gablehead stack to outer right of Westhall Gardens elevation. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR AND HALL: hall leading from entrance to right of Westhall Gardens elevation; access to ground floor of main church to left. Timber panelling dominates interior, formerly galleried, now roofed over and insulated to exclude high-roofed upper sections; original planked pews; iron columns break through modern suspended ceiling to support arcades to timber tunnel roof above; side galleries carried by timber trusses; William Burges-style Gothic pulpit; new screen wall at back of main church, with vestibule behind; band of green stained-glass windows. 2 boarded timber doors to entrance hall at back of main church (to Leamington Terrace); stairs up to galleries; stepped gallery at rear, lit by triforium windows; corinthian capitals to arcades; suspended ceiling elaborately trussed; organ loft beneath mincer-plate window at opposite end; Norman and Beard 1903 organ; original gold/cream paintwork behind organ loft; pneumatic organ pump; original fittings to caretaker's flat include range and cast-iron fireplaces.

BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS, GATES AND RAILINGS: coped quared and snecked rubble boundary walls; corniced gatepiers with pyramidal caps; iron railings and gates.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Spire an important landmark in views from Meadows and Bruntsfield Links.

References

Bibliography

City Archives, Dean of Guild Records, 28/4/1882; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1991), pp42, 493.

About Listed Buildings

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