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Basic Site Details

Name: Trinity Church
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Apse remaining is A listed.

1858 competition had 58 entrants in total. George Simmonds of London awarded second place; Oliver & Lamb awarded third.

Trinity College Church was demolished in 1848, each stone being numbered as it was intended to rebuilt the structure. However, the stones lay dormant for years in Regent Road and only a small number, comprising the apse (this part only listed and scheduled) and part of the choir were used in constructing the hall of the new Trinity Church on this site, begun in 1872 and opened in 1877.
(from RCAHMS: W F Gray 1940; RCAHMS 1951; R Butchart 1959; A T Simpson, S Stevenson and N Holmes 1981)

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Trinity College Church  

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 2Trinity College Church, Jeffrey StreetYesNew site
Item 2 of 2Leith Wynd Former site of building

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 5c. 1844c. 1853 Rhind employed to make estimates for rebuilding
Item 2 of 51857  Billings's scheme to relocate the building on the site of the Burns Monument, Calton Hill
Item 3 of 51858  Competition held - building not executed
Item 4 of 51871  Rebuilding of mediaeval choir and apse as a hall
Item 5 of 51877 Opened 

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 12Burn & BryceArchitectural practiceA18441849Building dismantled under Bryce's supervision and various schemes prepared
Item 2 of 12David BryceArchitectA18441853Building dismantled under Bryce's supervision and various schemes prepared
Item 3 of 12David RhindArchitect c. 1844c. 1853 
Item 4 of 12Robert William BillingsArchitect 1857 Scheme to relocate the building on the site of the Burns Monument, Calton Hill
Item 5 of 12Oliver & LambArchitectural practice 1858 Awarded third premium
Item 6 of 12Charles LanyonArchitectB1858 Won open competition (joint first place with Haswell & Johnson?) - not built
Item 7 of 12Lanyon & LynnArchitectural practiceB1858 Won open competition (joint first place with Haswell & Johnson?) - not built
Item 8 of 12William Henry LynnArchitectB1858 Won open competition (joint first place with Haswell & Johnson?) - not built
Item 9 of 12Francis Robert Newton HaswellArchitectC1858 Won open competition (joint first place with Lanyon & Lynn?) - not built
Item 10 of 12Haswell & JohnsonArchitectural practiceC1858 Won open competition (joint first place with Lanyon & Lynn?) - not built
Item 11 of 12Robert James JohnsonArchitectC1858 Won open competition (joint first place with Lanyon & Lynn?) - not built
Item 12 of 12John LesselsArchitect 1871 Rebuilding of mediaeval choir and apse as a hall

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Corporation, initially Lord Provost Black 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 15Billings, R W1845The baronial and ecclesiastical antiquities of Scotland4VEdinburgh 
Item 2 of 15Butchart, R 1959'Lost opportunities: an account of some of Edinburgh's unrealised projects: The Book of the Old Edinburgh Club30  
Item 3 of 15Colston, J1897Trinity College Church and Hospital   
Item 4 of 15Fenwick, Hubert1966From College Kirk to NewsroomMay 1966The Edinburgh Tatler, May1966 
Item 5 of 15Forman, Sheila1964Glenae, Scot Fld111 p50
Item 6 of 15Gourlay1855The Best Site for Trinity College Church   
Item 7 of 15Gourlay1856Edinburgh as it is now and may be   
Item 8 of 15Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 9 of 15Hunter, W1806The new picture of Edinburgh, being an accurate guide to the city and environs with historical descriptive accounts..  p62

Item 10 of 15MacGibbon, A L1910'Trinity College Church' Trans Edinburgh Architect Ass6 pp128-31
Item 11 of 15RCAHMS1951The Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland. An inventory of the ancient and historical monuments of the c RCAHMS, Edinburghpp36-40
Item 12 of 15Rhind, David1848Documents and Correspondence Relative to Trinity College Church Privately printed; copy in National Library of Scotland 
Item 13 of 15RSA1851   220, 221, 222
Item 14 of 15Simpson, Stevenson and Holmes, A T, S and N1981Historic Edinburgh, Canongate and Leith: the archaeological implications of development, Scottish burgh survey series  p23
Item 15 of 15The Scottish Architectural Institute    no 11, 1926

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Architect6 October 18716 pp202-203
Item 2 of 9Builder1858XVI pp146, 152 (or 162) & 483
Item 3 of 9Building ChronicleMay 1857II p197
Item 4 of 9Edinburgh Evening Courant10 December 1853   
Item 5 of 9Edinburgh Evening Courant16 February 1854   
Item 6 of 9Edinburgh Evening Courant7 March 1854   
Item 7 of 9Edinburgh Evening Courant14 March 1854   
Item 8 of 9RIAS Quarterly1926 Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)Kerr, H F 'Trinity College Church, Edinburgh'
Autumn
p69-82
Item 9 of 9Scotsman7 December 1853   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Town Council Minutes 1845-70
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register25747 
Item 3 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27547Appears to be second list entry

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