Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


There are no additional online documents for this record.


Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 26139 72994
326139, 672994


James Gillespie Graham, 1820; JR MacKay, 1932. Perpendicular Gothic elevation of former Nicolson Street Church with later rebuilding to rear.

E (NICOLSON STREET) ELEVATION: Tudor Gothic 5-bay elevation to Nicolson Street with pinnacled buttresses and crenellated parapet. Low ashlar-coped wall to street with later metal railings; stone steps to 2-leaf timber-panelled door in hoodmoulded Tudor-arched surround with mask label stops. Lancet windows with Perpendicular tracery. Coursed ashlar.

Body of building rebuilt by JR Mackay after a fire in 1932.

Statement of Special Interest

Although the fire damaged body of the church was demolished in 1934, Gillespie Graham's fine elevation continues to play an important role in the streetscape of Nicolson street.

According to Grant, the church was built on the site of an Antiburger meeting-house, at a cost of #6000.



Original church and halls appear on 1857 OS map. Grant, James Old and New Edinburgh vol ii p338. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 241.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at


There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to 117 NICOLSON STREET, SOUTHSIDE COMMUNITY CENTRE, FORMER NICOLSON STREET CHURCH WITH WALL AND RAILINGS

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 21/11/2018 20:58