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Basic Site Details

Name: Kirkwall Cathedral
Town, district or village: Kirkwall
Island: Mainland
City or county: Orkney
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of restoration by Miller & Black 300,000

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Magnus CathedralYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 718471850 Restoration and removal of post-Reformation furnishings
Item 2 of 718551857Alterations and additionsAlterations when set up as parish church and furnishings
Item 3 of 71905  Survey made prior to competition
Item 4 of 7c. 1907c. 1908 Competition held for restoration
Item 5 of 71911  Competition design for restoration exhibited
Item 6 of 719131930 Restoration, including new roof and furnishings
Item 7 of 7Before 1975 Restoration 

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 17H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA18471850Restoration and removal of post-Reformation furnishings with William Nixon as architect
Item 2 of 17William NixonArchitectA18471850Restoration and removal of post-Reformation furnishings - as architect of Office of Works
Item 3 of 17Samuel BaikieArchitectK18551857Plans for setting up as parish church
Item 4 of 17Richard SpenceArchitectL18551857Execution of Baikie's plans when set up as a parish church and restoration work. Designed furnishings.
Item 5 of 17Alfred Lightly MacGibbonArchitectB1905 Survey made prior to competition
Item 6 of 17MacGibbon & RossArchitectural practiceB1905 Survey made prior to competition
Item 7 of 17Thomas RossArchitectB1905 Survey made prior to competition
Item 8 of 17Ebenezer James MacRaeArchitectD19071908Competition tender for restoration - as assistant to John Kinross
Item 9 of 17John KinrossArchitectD19071908Competition tender for restoration
Item 10 of 17James Alexander ArnottArchitectC1908(?) Competition design for restoration - as assistant to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 11 of 17George Mackie WatsonArchitect c. 19081930Won competition for restoration and secured job - included new roof and furnishings
Item 12 of 17Douglas Pairman HallArchitectC1909 Competition design for restoration - as chief draughtsman to Hippolyte Jean Blanc
Item 13 of 17Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitectC1909 Competition design for restoration
Item 14 of 17Alexander HewardArchitectJBefore 1975 Restoration
Item 15 of 17Miller & BlackArchitectural practiceJBefore 1975 Restoration
Item 16 of 17Neil McLean JackArchitectJBefore 1975 Restoration
Item 17 of 17Peter HallidayArchitectJBefore 1975 Restoration

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Kirkwall Magistrates 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Academy Architecture1910 Part 2 p2 (Blanc's proposed restoration)
Item 2 of 7Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp315, 317,318, 319
Item 3 of 7RCAHMS Inventory of Orkney & Shetland  For Watson work
Item 4 of 7RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 5 of 7Royal Academy exhibitors    1910, no 1667 (preliminary competition design
by Blanc)
Item 6 of 7RSA1910   344, 349 (Blanc scheme)
Item 7 of 7Who's Who in Architecture1914   For Watson work

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder24 January 1857XV page 53

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Kirkwall LibraryKirkwall Archives Kinross's report and details of Magistrates Meetings
Item 2 of 3National Library of ScotlandRoss Collection Plans and site notes
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Douglas Pairman Hall: L v18 no1312; Ebenezer James MacRae: L v19 no1443; George Mackie Watson: L v21 no1659 & F no2586 (box 6)

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© All rights reserved. The Builder, Vol. XV, 24 Jan. 1857, page 53 (Courtesy of Robert Hill) 

© All rights reserved. The Builder, Vol. XV, 24 Jan. 1857, page 53 (Courtesy of Robert Hill)