Basic Site Details

Name: Mayfield Free Church
Town, district or village: Mayfield
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: EDINBURGH.—During the past twelve months there has been in process of building a new Free church at Mayfield. The ground plan is cruciform, with a segmental apse at the east end of the nave. Both transepts are double, and are deeply recessed, while the nave has an aisle on either side. The nave is 88ft. in length by 42ft. wide, including the aisles, each of the transepts receding about 18ft. Externally the front towards St. Andrew's-terrace presents a gable termination, flanked by projecting buttresses which terminate, atop, in circular pinnacles. The church will be seated to accommodate upwards of 700 persons. The buildings have been carried out from designs furnished by Mr. Hippolyte J. Blanc, the style adopted throughout being Early Gothic of French type. [Building News 11 October 1878 p382]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Mayfield Salisbury ChurchYes 
Item 2 of 2Mayfield UF ChurchYes 

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 2Mayfield RoadYes 
Item 2 of 2West MayfieldYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1318761879 Blanc won competition to secure job and design executed
Item 2 of 131876  Competition design by Thornton Shiells exhibited
Item 3 of 13January 1876 Plans approved 
Item 4 of 133 December 1876 OpenedHall
Item 5 of 131878 Design exhibitedMacGibbon & Ross exhibited competition design
Item 6 of 1330 May 1879 OpenedChurch
Item 7 of 131880 Design exhibited 
Item 8 of 131895  Organ case - since burnt
Item 9 of 13After 1896Before 1901 Reconstruction
Item 10 of 131919  War memorial
Item 11 of 131932  Pulpit
Item 12 of 131968  Hall recast
Item 13 of 131969 ReconstructionMain roof destroyed by fire and replaced in plaster.


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 12Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitect 18761879Church and hall
Item 2 of 12Robert Thornton ShiellsArchitect 1876 Competition design
Item 3 of 12David MacGibbonArchitectA1878 Competition design - not successful
Item 4 of 12MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceA1878 Competition design - not successful
Item 5 of 12Thomas RossArchitectA1878 Competition design - not successful
Item 6 of 12Frank Loughborough PearsonArchitect 1895 Organ case
Item 7 of 12(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1919 War memorial
Item 8 of 12Arthur Forman Balfour PaulArchitectB1932 Pulpit
Item 9 of 12Rowand Anderson & PaulArchitectural practiceB1932 Pulpit
Item 10 of 12David CarrArchitect 1968 Hall recast
Item 11 of 12David CarrArchitectE1969 Main roof destroyed by fire and replaced in plaster - with Stewart Tod
Item 12 of 12Stewart TodArchitectF1969 Main roof destroyed by fire and replaced in plaster - with David Carr


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Cant, M1990Sciennes and the Grange  pp126, 129
Item 2 of 6Cumming, Elizabeth2010The Mayfield Salisbury Windows: 'Thy Story in Glass' Edinburgh: Court Graphics and Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church of Scotland 
Item 3 of 6Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp635
Item 4 of 6RSA1876   612 - Thornton Shiells design
Item 5 of 6RSA1878   946 - MacGibbon & Ross design
Item 6 of 6RSA1880   992 - Blanc design

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News11 October 1878  p382
Item 2 of 2Scotsman19 December 1895   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27119 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/130
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Hippolyte Jean Blanc: F v13 p142 no844 (microfilm reel 11)