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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59080 64793
259080, 664793


J Gillespie Graham, 1814-17. Neo-perpendicular,

rectangular plan church. Cream ashlar sandstone. Base

course; hoodmoulds to pointed arch windows.

S ELEVATION: 3-bay, gabled with semi-octagonal buttresses

to centre, rising to octagonal finialled turrets. Pointed

arch doorway with nook shafts and crocketted ogee

hoodmould above. 2-leaf timber segmentally arched,

panelled doors and pointed tympanum. Cill course below

tall nave window, 3-light and transomed with curvilinear

tracery; gable culminating in decorative corbelled gabled

niche with figure of St Andrew. Pierced, coped lattice

work skew parapet. Polygonal turrets flanking (see

above). Aisle bays with 3-light windows, detailed similarly

to nave window but smaller. Angle buttresses with

pointed, cusped panels, terminating in crocketted

pinnacles; crenellated skew parapets to aisles.

E ELEVATION: 6 symmetrical bays; 2-light windows with

quatrefoil tracery at head to each bay, divided by

buttresses; doorway in outer left bay below window, with

billetted architrave; 4 centre bays with canted flat-roofed

ashlar confessional boxes at ground, each with cusped

windows in chamfered sides. Coped crenellated parapet.

5 clerestorey 2-light windows to nave behind, with

intermediate buttresses and crocketted pinnacles.

W ELEVATION (TO FOX LANE): 6-bay, detailed similarly to E

elevation without the canted projections.

N ELEVATION: shallow canted apse projecting at centre with

tall 3-light windows on each face and coped crenellated

parapet; crowstepped blank apex to gable behind, with

cross finial.

Diamond lead-pane glazing; slate roofs. Decorative

gutter-heads retained.

INTERIOR: including alterations by the younger Pugin in

1871 and 1892. Central and side aisles; plaster fan vault

with ornate bosses; keel-shaped clustered columns with

capitals; painted and gilded chevron carving to depressed

chancel arch; marble reredos and canopied marble altar.

Fleur-de-lys finials to stalls; lattice panelling to

confessional doors. Decorative stained glass lights to

apse windows modern tripartite screen between vestibule

and nave, with some etched glazing. Lady Chapel and

Chapel of Our Lord with fine tripartite, Caen stone

altars, pierced, marble coped parapets and wrought

bronze gates. Ornate stone font; polychrome marble

pulpit; marble piscina.

Statement of Special Interest

Ecclesiastical building in use as such. Plan constrained

by narrow site, but successfully designed. Original

building cost $16,000 and the college, in a similar style,

which was originally intended to accompany the church, was

abandoned for financial reasons. Close parallels in the

composition of St Stephen's, Westminster, illustrated in

Carter and Capon's book on Westminster. The church became a

cathedral in 1889. Stone cleaning was carried out in 1982.

A modern hall adjoins the building at the NE angle, by the

paved square beside the cathedral.



Gomme and Walker 1987, pp.170-2. Doak Ed 31. Further

information courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

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