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- Category: B
- Date Added: 12/12/1974
- Last Date Amended: 17/07/2015
- Local Authority: Edinburgh
- Planning Authority: Edinburgh
- Burgh: Edinburgh
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NT 26052 73452
- Coordinates: 326052, 673452
William Sibbald, 1803-5. 3-bay, symmetrical, nave and aisle Neo-Jacobean former church (No 9) with curvilinear gables, now internally linked to early 19th century 2-storey, 6-bay Classical office (No 11) (currently forming university works department and offices) to right and with single storey pavilion to left. Ashlar, with some raised margins to church, rubble to rear. Base course, band course to pavilions, cornice. Raised cills. Round-arched openings to church and ground floor of No 11. Timber entrance door with semi-circular fanlight above to far left.
FURTHER DESCRIPTION: former church with slightly advanced central bay. Set of 3 hoodmoulded round-arched openings to ground with 2-leaf boarded timber doors with metal studs and decorative metal hinges with 3-light semi-circular fanlights above. Large, central 4-light curvilinear tracery window with flanking smaller, 3-light tracery windows. Polygonal corner pinnacles.
Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows to No 11. Grey slates. Piended roof to pavilion to left.
INTERIOR: (seen 2007). Comprehensively altered to form workshop and offices. Barrel vaulted basement rooms. Some decorative plaster cornicing.
Statement of Special Interest
The neo-Jacobean style of the street elevation of this former church is particularly distinctive. The two flanking pavilions are an unusual addition and the ensemble is a significant addition to the streetscape of the area.
The Classical style was more popular in Edinburgh at this time and the curvilinear style of the church gable was perhaps influenced by the Canongate Church (see separate listing).
This church was built as a replacement for a previous Lady Yester Church slightly to the East. Lady Yester, the wife of James Hay of Yester, erected the original church in 1644 with seating for 817 people. This church was built in 1803 with seating for around 1200. There was a small cemetery around the church and some of the tombstones and tablets still survive embedded into the boundary walls. An engraving in Thomas Shepherd s Modern Athens of 1829 shows No 11 as a single-storey building with the corresponding pavilion to the left of the church. It is suggested in Colvin that they originally held shops. It is likely that the 2nd storey was added later in the 19th century.
William Sibbald (died 1809) was the Superintendent of Public Works in Edinburgh from 1790-1809.
Currently university workshop and offices (2007).
List description revised as part of Edinburgh Holyrood Ward resurvey 2007-08.
Statutory address updated (2015).
Previously listed as '9 and 11 Infirmary Street'.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/canmore.html CANMORE ID 52406
John Wood, Plan of the City of Edinburgh, 1823.
1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map, 1849-53.
James Cassells, Old and New Edinburgh, 1880s, Vol IV, p286.
Shepherd s Edinburgh, 1980.
John Gifford, Colin McWilliam and David Walker, Buildings of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1984 p229.
H Colvin Dictionary Of British Architects 1600-1840 (1995) p867.
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