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Basic Site Details

Name: St Andrews Town Hall
Town, district or village: St Andrews
City or county: Fife
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: St. Andrews' (N.B.) Town Hall—A new town-hall has just been erected in St. Andrews from the designs of Mr. James A Hamilton, of Edinburgh, and forms one of the most interesting features of the fine old town, The structure is in the old Scotch baronial style, and along with the bold and picturesque effect of the style it combines all the convenience and appliances of modern art. The entrance corridor and staircase are capacious and imposing. The Council Hall is 38 feet in length, by 24 in breadth, and 18 in height. The Great Hall is 75 feet long, 36 feet broad, and 28 feet high. The lobby of this hall is divided into 11 compartments by large ribs, each having three highly-enriched pendants and massive corbelling. Each compartment is varied by a novel arrangement of flat and sloping planes surrounded by large mouldings, and in the centre of each, on a lozenge-shaped panel, is a shield charged with national emblems. The structure altogether measures about 130 feet by 90 feet. The external elevation is enriched with various shields, devices, and coats of arms. [Building News 31 May 1861 p447]

Building supervised by Peter Manuel from Playfair's office. Reconstruction by Pride & Walker cost £75,000

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Queen's GardensYes 
Item 2 of 2South StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51855 Design exhibitedUnclear why this design by Lyon was done so early
Item 2 of 5February 1857July 1857 Competition held (abortive)
Item 3 of 518581862Construction 
Item 4 of 51886  Rearrangement of police cells etc
Item 5 of 519621969ReconstructionDates vary with different cources


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 8James Tennant LyonArchitect 1855 Design exhibited
Item 2 of 8James Anderson HamiltonArchitect 1857(?)1862Won competition and executed job
Item 3 of 8John MilneArchitect 1857(?) Unsuccessful competition design
Item 4 of 8James Ross GillespieArchitectA1886 Rearrangement of police cells etc
Item 5 of 8James ScottArchitectA1886 Rearrangement of police cells etc - as assistant
Item 6 of 8Frank PrideArchitectB1969 Reconstruction
Item 7 of 8Glen Lorimer PrideArchitectB1969 Reconstruction
Item 8 of 8Walker & PrideArchitectural practiceB1969 Reconstruction

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1St Andrews Masonic Lodge, No 25Above Council Chambers. See separate entry for new hall which may be on a separate site.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp127
Item 2 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 3 of 4RSA1855   717 - design by J T Lyon
Item 4 of 4St Andrews Town Hall2001Judges Jailors and Jumble Sales: the competition to build the St Andrews Town Hall, 1858-62   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder1859XVII p 140
Item 2 of 3Builder1861XIX p 379
Item 3 of 3Building News1861VII p 447

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Courtesy of Glen PrideInformation sent to DMW Sent 2006 - gives date of reconstruction as 1962 but RIBA Directory gives 1969.
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register40695 
Item 3 of 3St Andrews University LibraryJames Gillespie and Scott Archive Bundle no 641


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