Basic Site Details

Name: Oban Episcopal Cathedral of St John the Divine
Town, district or village: Oban
City or county: Argyll
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: C Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Memorial Cathedral to Bishop Chinnery-Haldane  
Item 2 of 2St John's Episcopal ChurchYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Cathedral  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1George StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 131863 Construction 
Item 2 of 1322 September 1864  Original parish church consecrated
Item 3 of 131881  Proposal for additions - not carried out
Item 4 of 13c. 1883  Extension by Thomson & Turnbull
Item 5 of 131900  Gallery added
Item 6 of 1319081910 Chancel and transepts only built. Reredos designed by Chalmers built
Item 7 of 131910 Design exhibitedChalmers' design
Item 8 of 131930  Proposed reconstruction - not executed
Item 9 of 131933  Porch at hall entrance
Item 10 of 131939  Altar in Lady Chapel
Item 11 of 131958 ProposedDesign which included lntern tower over central altar - not executed
Item 12 of 131968 Build/constructionConsolidation of foundations, raising of nave floor level, new narthex screenand rooflights along S edge of nave above new screen.
Item 13 of 131981 Alteration/conversionReduction repair and re-ordering

People

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 24Charles WilsonArchitectD18601863In hand at time of death
Item 2 of 24David ThomsonArchitectD18601864(?)Work begun when Thomson was assistant and continued after death of Wilson
Item 3 of 24C H Wilson & D ThomsonArchitectural practiceD1864(?) Work had commenced under Charles Wilson, and was continued by David Thomson under his new partnership with the unrelated Charles Heath Wilson
Item 4 of 24Charles Heath WilsonArchitectD1864(?) Work had commenced under Charles Wilson, and was continued by David Thomson under his new partnership with the unrelated Charles Heath Wilson
Item 5 of 24Alexander RossArchitectA1881 Proposed additions - not carried out
Item 6 of 24David Mackintosh or MacintoshArchitectA1881 Proposed additions - not carried out
Item 7 of 24Ross & MackintoshArchitectural practiceA1881 Proposed additions - not carried out
Item 8 of 24D Thomson & TurnbullArchitectural practiceE1882 Extension
Item 9 of 24David ThomsonArchitectE1882 Extension
Item 10 of 24Alexander ShairpArchitectC1900 Gallery added
Item 11 of 24James ChalmersArchitect 19081910Design selected in limited competiton. (see Dean of Guild - 'erect part of proposed new church' Reredos to his design built
Item 12 of 24Harold Ogle TarboltonArchitectF1930 Proposed reconstruction - not executed
Item 13 of 24Lake Falconer (junior)Architect 1933 Porch at hall entrance
Item 14 of 24Harold Ogle TarboltonArchitectG1939 Altar in Lady Chapel
Item 15 of 24Ian G Lindsay & PartnersArchitectural practiceJ1958 Design which included lntern tower over central altar - not executed
Item 16 of 24Ian Gordon LindsayArchitectJ1958 Design which included lntern tower over central altar - not executed
Item 17 of 24T Harley Haddow & PartnersArchitectural practice, EngineerI1968 Worked with Ian Lindsay & Partners - consolidation of foundations, raising of nave floor level, new narthex screenand rooflights along S edge of nave above new screen.
Item 18 of 24Thomas Harley HaddowArchitect, EngineerI1968 Worked with Ian Lindsay & Partners - consolidation of foundations, raising of nave floor level, new narthex screenand rooflights along S edge of nave above new screen.
Item 19 of 24James Ian Haig MarshallArchitectJ1968 Work with HArley Haddow - consolidation of foundations, raising of nave floor level, new narthex screenand rooflights along S edge of nave above new screen.
Item 20 of 24John Herdman ReidArchitectJ1968 Worked with Harley Haddow - consolidation of foundations, raising of nave floor level, new narthex screenand rooflights along S edge of nave above new screen.
Item 21 of 24Ian G Lindsay & PartnersArchitectural practiceK1968 Consolidation of foundations, raising of nave floor level, new narthex screenand rooflights along S edge of nave above new screen.
Item 22 of 24James Walter Thorburn Simpson H1981 Reduction repair and re-ordering
Item 23 of 24Mark DouglasArchitectH1981 Reduction repair and re-ordering
Item 24 of 24Simpson & BrownArchitectural practiceH1981 Reduction repair and re-ordering

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Chinnery-Haldane, Rt Rev J R A et al 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 10Allen, Nic (ed.) Scottish Architects in Conservation  p111
Item 2 of 10Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1865   648 (C H Wilson & D Thomson)
Item 3 of 10Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1909   688
Item 4 of 10Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1913   109
Item 5 of 10RSA1930   578, 579 (Tarbolton proposals)
Item 6 of 10Scottish Episcopal Church Yearbook1908 1907-08 D Thomson & Turnbull work
Item 7 of 10Sinclair, Fiona J, ed1995Charles Wilson Architect 1810-1863: A Question of Style Glasgow: Park Circus Promotions, 1995p24
Item 8 of 10Stratten and Stratten1891Glasgow and its environs: a literary, commercial & social review past & present… London, Stratten & Strattenp357 engraving as first built
Item 9 of 10Thomson, David1882Memoir of Charles Wilson13 March 1882Proceedings of the Glasgow Philosophical Society 
Item 10 of 10Walker, F A2000Argyll and Bute (The Buildings of Scotland)  p404-406

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builders Journal1 December 1909   
Item 2 of 2Building News7 October 1864  Original church

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, ObanPlans at Cathedral Church of St John the Divine  
Item 2 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register38849 
Item 3 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSList of jobs supplied by Mr Alistair Ross, Inverness (given to NMRS in 1950s) For Ross proposed additions
Item 4 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Thomson's job list
Item 5 of 6ObanOban Dean of Guild For Chalmers design - 'erect part of the proposed new church'. Also for Falconer addition and Shairp addition
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Thomson: F v5 p99 (microfiche 91/E4)